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 Information Behavior and Human Information Interaction (HII)

  • User Created Content and Social Media

  • Health Informatics and Health Information Behavior

  • Personal Information Management, Personal Digital Archiving

  • 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

Teaching in Spring 2021

Core Course (3 Credits)

  • Section 01: Tuesdays, 5:40pm-8:10pm, Online

  • Section 02: Asynchronous Online

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.

Elective Course (3 Credits), Online

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.