Analyze and engage in the changing cultural, educational, and social roles and responsibilities of librarians/information professionals and the environments they work in within the global society.
This research article analyzes key texts discussing information needs, seeking, and use using folksonomies as a case study and their use in modern information seeking behavior. In LIS 60613 Information Needs, Seeking, and Use I examined the changing role of the LIS professional and how this role hinges upon understanding new components of the field, such as tech-based skills (user experience design, knowledge management) and Knowledge Organizational Systems (KOS). The literature review focuses on how taxonomies and folksonomies are built and utilized, and where they are found to be effective or ineffective. Knowing where the strengths and weaknesses of a robust KOS outside of a cataloging system lie will be an important standard in this area.
The goal of a knowledge organization system is to enhance and improve the overall user experience of the any vast physical or digital archives and assets. A project of this scope accomplishes its goal through the creation and implementation of a Knowledge Organization System (KOS) that incorporates responsive and adaptable taxonomies, notation systems, and synonym rings which will enhance the overall search and retrieval experience for each user. This project, which I completed for LIS 60636 Knowledge Organizational Systems and Structures, incorporates all aspects of a full KOS project for a fictional greeting card company.