This course has no prerequisites, but it is itself a prerequisite for anyone contemplating applying for admission to the BSIS program at SILS.


We will examine the evolution of information science; information representation, organization and management; information in social organizations; search and retrieval; human information seeking and interaction; policy, ethics and scholarly communications.

Our objectives

  1. We will gain a basic understanding of the history, concepts, techniques and terminology used in information science.
  2. We will also develop an understanding of the various problem areas of information science.
  3. We will become aware of their own information behaviors.
  4. We will be able to state specific ways that information science relates to everyday information problems.

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