Basic information

Instructor: Melanie Feinberg
Class location: UTA 1.210A
Date and time: Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Instructor information

Office: UTA 5.446
Office phone: 512-471-8487
Office hours: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment

Course description

This course will be a project-based, studio-style exercise in designing a resource collection. We’ll concentrate on the conceptual aspects of design as opposed to technical implementations: figuring out a purpose and audience for the collection, selecting resources, describing and organizing the resources, and determining how to present those resources to users. While the ideas we engage and the skills we will learn should be applicable to any sort of collection, our design environment for this course will focus on digital media collections (primarily videos) made available online as a type of digital library.

Our design practice will be grounded in the idea that a collection is both a form of expression and a form of experience, shaped by the designer, or author, but brought into being by user (or audience, or reader) interactions with the collection’s resources. With this theoretical committment comes a number of fundamental questions, which we will engage throughout the semester as we proceed with our project work. Two primary areas of inquiry will be:

  • What does it mean to “write the collection experience” as a type of performative document?
  • How do we as authors conceptualize our user audience, and how do we negotiate the audience’s goals for information seeking with our own (or our clients’) goals for communication? In other words, how can we design a dialogue between author and audience?

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 512-471-6259.