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
  • Resource Description and Metadata
  • 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 Spring 2018

LSC 527: Introduction to Data Science

Elective Course (3 Credits): Tuesdays 5:30pm-8:00pm

This is an introduction course to provide foundations in the area of data science with discussion on methods, concepts and opportunities in Data Science. Students will learn foundational data analytics concepts and techniques through recent work and publications as well as projects. Topics of the course include types of datasets, data management and processing, methods for data analysis including machine learning and data mining, data visualization, and issues around data including ethics and policy. The course will combine theoretical foundations with implementation and evaluation of data analysis algorithms on real data.

LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers

Core Course (3 Credits)

Section 01: Mondays 5:30pm-8:00pm

Section 02: OWL Saturdays 9:30am-12:00pm

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.