CET189 Organizing Information Resources

Course Provider

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information



Academic Unit



The course is part of a programme is designed for individuals interested in pursuing management and leadership careers in the library and information sector. It places a specific emphasis on the organization, cataloguing, and classification of both physical and digital information resources. Learners will gain an understanding of the prominent standards and tools used in bibliographic description, name authorities, subject headings, classification, and metadata encoding. Additionally, the course will provide introductory, hands-on experience in creating metadata records that comply with established standards.
Through this programme, learners will learn the essential skills required to manage and organise information resources effectively. They will gain an understanding of the principles of bibliographic control, including the creation of metadata and cataloguing records that accurately describe materials, enabling efficient retrieval and access. The course will also cover the use of name authorities, subject headings and classification schemes to improve the discoverability and accessibility of library resources.
Upon completion of the programme, learners will be well-equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in managerial and leadership roles within the library and information sector. They will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the standards and tools necessary for organising and managing library collections and resources.


This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Library Leadership and Management
- FlexiMasters in Library Leadership and Management

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This course introduces learners to the principles, standards, and practices for organizing, cataloging, and classifying physical and digital information resources. It aims to provide learners the knowledge and skills to create metadata records using prominent standards and tools in bibliographic description, name authorities, subject headings, classification, and metadata encoding

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the core principles, concepts, and techniques for organizing information assets.
  • Identify the major standards used for organizing information assets in libraries.
  • Create basic metadata records using major information organization standards and tools.
  • Discuss the value of a user-centered perspective when organizing information assets.
This program is suitable for participants working/intending to work at the managerial and leadership level in the library industry.

Standard Course Fee: S$4,905

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Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


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Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

  • Standard course fee is inclusive of GST.
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.


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Associate Professor Joanna Sin

Joanna Sin is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Science in Information Studies at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. Joanna holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. She received a Bachelor of Social Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Geography and minoring in Anthropology. Joanna teaches in the areas of research methods, information organization, cataloging and classification, and user metrics and analytics, and was a recipient of the Nanyang Education Award (School level). Her research interests include information behavior, social media information seeking, library usage, and bibliometrics. She has working experience in academic libraries' technical and reference services areas.


CET186 Reference, User Services and Information Discovery*
CET187 Understanding Leadership in a Digitalized Environment*3
CET188 Building Collections and Intellectual Foundations for the Information Professions*3
CET189 Organizing Information Resources3
CET190 Managing Information and Information Institutions3

*Students must complete these courses to obtain the Graduate Certificate. These courses represent the basic set of competencies for librarians. No other course combinations will lead to the award of the Graduate Certificate.

Listed courses are:

  • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Library Leadership and Management (total 9 AUs) and FlexiMasters in Library Leadership and Management (15 AUs)