InfoScience: Coursework & Projects

The following artifacts are from individual and group projects for the Information Science program at UTK. Also included is a description of coursework completed in the program.

During my first semester (Fall 2015) in Information Access & Retrieval class, we developed an understanding of search methods, information retrieval, and reference standards. For our group review of database content evaluation according to Cassell & Hiremath, I spearheaded a Timeline.JS project – INSC 530 Database Review Timelines

I completed 150 hours during the summer of 2016 for my practicum in the University of Tennessee Electronic Resources and Licensing department. I developed an understanding and familiarity with: licensing terms and contracts of electronic resources. the evaluation of ROI, collection development and assessment, access and control issues, and EZproxy. Working with the Ex Libris Alma eresources module, I uploaded contracts and addendums, and confirmed vendors. I also created a  UTK Standard Licensing Checklist.

In the Fall of 2016, Sources & Services for Humanities contributed to our skills of resource evaluation, and covered the theory and practice of humanities information science. I created a 15-minute Camtasia presentation as a content and use guide for the Smithsonian Folkways website.  Smithsonian Folkways website tutorial

Information Architecture (Fall 2016)  explored the concepts and theories of information architecture in web design. We focused on organization, navigation, labeling, searching, user testing, metadata, wireframe, controlled vocabularies. Our Manchester Public Library (Manchester, Iowa) website redesign project won the School of Information Science’s 2017 Best Technical Project Group Award. I spearheaded the LucidChart wireframes and blueprints for our group. Please note that you must sign up for a LucidChart account to view the wireframes and blueprints in LucidChart – Invitation to view LucidChart documents  However, pdfs of each are included here as well:

Additionally, we created an index and Dublin Core thesaurus for the future website – MPL Index and Thesaurus

In Spring 2017, I took Information Network Applications (INSC 581), which included scholarly and community-based electronic communications. We worked with HTML, Drupal, several CMS, and the Semantic Web. I created a 5-minute podcast on The Semantic Web, and a 7-minute screencast on Linked Data. We also created a Drupal website, based on our assignments for the class – Bonnie Finn’s Drupal INSC 581 Site, which included a Social Media Policy.

Other UTK coursework included:

  • Information Environment: history and theories of information science
  • Information Representation/Organization: metadata schemas, authority control
  • Cataloging and Classification: LCC, Dewey, MARC 21, AACR2, RDA, DublinCore,
    • Worked with OCLC Connexion, RDA Toolkit, Cataloger’s Desktop
  • Digital Libraries: Dublin Core, controlled vocabularies, digitization
  • Academic Libraries: history, standards, framework and development
  • Information Systems Design and Implementation: ILS and LPS systems, project management
  • Social Informatics: identify and analyze social consequences of information and communication technologies (ICT) issues
  • Digital Curation: life-cycle, value-added management, and maintenance of scholarly and scientific digital content. For this class, I interviewed a faculty member at Maryville College and created a Data Curation Profile for her oral history project. My group examined the OpenRefine tool and created an OpenRefine_Handout infograph for easy reference. We also created a Best_Practices_FileFormats infograph documenting the best practices for curation and preservation.