LIS 9732/9832

Language and Computer Technologies for Libraries and Beyond

What is it all about?

This class is a combination of lectures, in class discussions, projects, independent reading, presentations, and papers. The class is crosslisted for Master's and Doctoral LIS students: course requirements, professor's expectations and marking schemes are adjusted accordingly.

In essence, this course is a gentle transition from a humanities background towards a more technologically oriented way of thinking. I invite you to think about the role of computers in acquiring, analyzing, organizing, providing access, and making sense of textual information. We will concentrate on understanding capabilities and limits of current natural language technologies. We will discuss ways that people have thought to utilize language analysis in order to organize textual information in a meaningful way.

You will be exploring and thinking about how "intelligent computers" can assist us in libraries. Are there text-intensive environments (directly or indirectly related to libraries) beyond library applications for language and information technologies?

Have you, as an individual or professional, ever come across the information overload program? Are you familiar with machine translation, automated summarization, question-and-answering and retrieval, extraction, or auto-indexing? What are their current state-of-the-art, what are the advantages and limitations? Can these be of any help to you in your professional capacity as a librarian or information scientist?

While there will be no programming required, be prepared to look at sequences of pseudo-code steps necessary in understanding how computer programs work on the conceptual level. No prior linguistic background necessary. Bring your curiosity about languages and computers and, most importantly, keep your mind open!

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