Sue Yeon Syn, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Library and Information Science
Catholic University of America 

610 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 Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX) and Usability Studies

Teaching Interests

  • 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 2017

LSC 551: Organization of Information

Core Course (3 Credits), Spring 2017: Mondays 5:30pm-8:00pm

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), Spring 2017: 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.

LSC 610: Information Architecture and Web Design

Elective Course (3 Credits), Spring 2017: OWL Saturdays 12:30pm-3pm

This course is designed for students interested in developing skills for web site and web page design. It will cover search engine architecture, evaluation of information resources and applications of information architecture to web site design. Through exercises, discussions, lectures, projects and presentations students will learn the principles of information architecture and user-centered Web design. In addition, students will have hands-on practice with web site and web page design with HTML and Dynamic HTML. They will use HTML editors and graphic tools.