LIBR 202-18
Information Retrieval
Fall 2009 Greensheet

Christinger Tomer
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Phone:
412-965-7123
Office location:
Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Office hours:
By appointment

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ANGEL information: Liffey – the LMS at SLIS -- will be the primary medium for course-related content delivery and communication. The course will consist of a combination of assigned readings, discussion questions, exercises, Flash presentations, and podcasts. (Students should have the latest version of Adobe Flash player and an application capable of playing *.mp3 files installed on their computers.) In addition, the course will make regular use of the Live Office Hours capability included among Angel’s Communication Tools, and Elluminate. Some materials will be delivered via a Website maintained for the course at http://libr202.net.

Enrollment in the course on Liffey will require an access enrollment code. This code will sent via MySJSU to students who have registered for this section of LIBR 202. The course begins on August 24.

Course Description

Principles of information retrieval and their application to information systems and services. Emphasizing models of user information seeking behavior, human information processing and their relationship to retrieval models in information systems.

Course Prerequisites: Demonstrated computer literacy.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to design, query, and evaluate a database information retrieval system, using an appropriate user model
  • Students will be able to articulate fundamental concepts of information-seeking behavior and employ them in the design and evaluation of systems
  • Students will be able to define a set of terms reflecting fundamental concepts of information retrieval and use them in discussions of their projects for the class.
  • Students will understand metadata, both structure and representation, and be aware of key standards, including the MARC record, LC Classification, Dublin Core, and relevant NISO standards.
  • Students will understand principles of good interface design and be able to evaluate interfaces using those principles.

LIBR 202 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  • Understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge.
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behavior.

These additional SLIS Core Competencies are also supported by the course:

  • Use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation, and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;
  • Understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge;
  • Use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users; and
  • Understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups.

See http://ischool.sjsu.edu/slis/competencies.htm

The course is based on the view that in order to understand and master the basic concepts of information retrieval, it is also essential that students acquire a basic knowledge of information representation and organization. As a result, the course is divided into three parts.

The course also assumes that today a basic understanding of systems for organizing and/or retrieving information necessarily entails knowledge of database systems. Toward that end, the participation in the course will involve the use of three database systems: CWIS, DB/TextWorks, and Koha. 

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Course Requirements

Live Office Hours/Elluminate Sessions
There will be a “live” discussion session each week, with dates and times to be announced during the week of August 24-30. (It is expected that sessions will be conducted exclusively in the evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m., PST. All sessions will be recorded.) Students are urged to participate in the “live” sessions, but participation is not required and will not directly influence the grade for the course.

Assignments
There are a total of seven (7) assignments that must be completed successfully. Three of the assignments entail the preparation of analytical essays. The other assignments are concerned with database construction, creation of metadata, and searching. The essays will account cumulatively for 30 percent of the final grade, and the database, metadata creation, and searching assignments will account for 50 percent of the final grade. The balance of the grade will be determined by the level and quality of participation in the discussion boards. There are no examinations. Each of the assignments must be submitted on the date specified, in the form specified, and in the place required, e.g., the Drop Box on Liffey, etc. Exceptions require the explicit permission of the instructor; otherwise, late submissions will not be accepted. The essays should be analytical, as opposed to descriptive, and should incorporate, whenever and wherever appropriate, published sources other than those required for the course and/or specified as relevant to the assignment in question. (No specific citation format is required; however, a standard format, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc., should be used.)

Participation in the weekly discussions via the Discussion Board on Liffey is required.

Course Calendar

Unit Week Topic
1 August 24-30 Introduction; Goals & Objectives

Section 1: Organization of Information

2 August 31- September 6 Ontology: Concepts, Issues, and Applications 
3 September 7-13 Structured Bibliographic Information: Formats & Standards
4 September 14-20 Bibliographic Organization: Basic Concepts and Schemes
5 September 21-27 Metadata
6 September 28- October 4 Indexing & Abstracting

Section 2: Database Systems

7 October 5-11 Databases: Basic Concepts and Functions
8 October 12-18 Database Implementations in Bibliographic Settings

Section 3: Fundamentals of Information Retrieval

9 October 19-25 Basic Concepts of Information Retrieval; Relevance, Recall, and Precision
10 October 26- November 1 Boolean Logic; Proximity Operations in Searching
11 November 2-8 Information-Seeking Behavior: Relevance Feedback
12 November 9-15 Citation-Based Searching; Searching CiteSeer, Scopus, and Web of Science
13-14 November 16-22, 23-29 Searching Commercial Database Services, e.g., ProQuest CSA, Dialog, etc.
15 November 30- December 6 Evaluating and Using Key Web Search Engines

Textbooks and Readings

Additional Textbook:

  • Morville, Peter. Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become. Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media, 2005. ISBN-10: 0596007655; ISBN-13: 978-0596007652 .

Required Textbook:

  • Baca, M., ed. (2008). Introduction to metadata (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: Getty Publications. Available through Amazon: 0892368969. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Meadow, C. H., Boyce, B. R., Kraft, D. H. & Barry, C. L. (2007). Text Information Retrieval Systems (3rd ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. Available through Amazon: 0123694124. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Weinberger, D. (2008). Everything is miscellaneous: the power of the new digital disorder. New York: Holt Paperbacks. Available through Amazon: 0805088113. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F

 

In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/policies.html. Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/services/academic_calendars/. The Late Drop Policy is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/aars/policies/latedrops/policy/. Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at http://www.sjsu.edu/advising/.

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at http://www.sjsu.edu/president/docs/directives/PD_1997-03.pdf requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at http://www.sjsu.edu/aec to establish a record of their disability.

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