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

Teaching in Fall 2019

Elective Course (3 Credits), Tues, 5:10pm-7:40pm, Leahy 51

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.

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.

Elective Course (3 Credits), Weds. 5:40pm-8:10pm, CSL451

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.