Sue Yeon Syn, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Library and Information Science
Catholic University of America 

620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20064
Office: Columbus School of Law #422A
Phone: 202-319-6277
Email: syn [at] cua [dot] edu


Research Interests

  • User Created Contents and Information Behavior
  • Social Informatics and Social Media
  • Personal Information Management, Personal Digital Archiving
  • Health Informatics and Health Information Behavior
  • Human Information Interaction (HII)
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX) and Usability Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Data Science
  • Information Systems, Information Systems in Libraries, Healthcare Information Systems
  • Information Architecture
  • HCI, UX, User Interface Design, Interaction Design
  • Information Organization
  • Health Information Technology

Courses in Fall 2018

LSC 551: Organization of Information

Core Course (3 Credits), Online

This course introduces students to the basic principles of organizing and representing information for facilitating access based on users' information needs. The course will address how recorded knowledge can be organized and structured, and ways of providing access to the intellectual works. Topics include defining information; describing and indexing intellectual works; current approaches, standards, tools, and systems in use for information organization; and relationship of information organization to information access.

LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers

Core Course (3 Credits), Mondays 5:30pm-8:00pm

This course introduces students to the evolving role of information systems in the storage and retrieval of information. Students explore how information technology in libraries, archives and information centers, and on the World Wide Web facilitates interaction with information. This course is designed to: Introduce students to applicable theory, principles, and standards; explore the capabilities and functions of several classes of information systems, including established technology like integrated library systems (ILS) and databases as well as evolving social and collaborative environments; introduce essential technology elements (hardware, software, networking, etc.); introduce practical information technology skills used by information professionals, such as working with databases and creating and publishing web pages; and promote critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative teamwork abilities for working with information technology.