Academic year 2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Course code FM0410 (AF:330488 AR:180676)
Modality For teaching methods (in presence/online) please check the timetable
ECTS credits 6
Degree level Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code M-STO/08
Period 1st Semester
Course year 1
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The aim of the course (which is part of the related / supplementary ones of the degree course in Archival and library science) is to provide students with the knowledge and the ability to critically analyze the main concepts and theories of information sciences and information ethics.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the students will be able to understand and evaluate with greater awareness the other courses of the degree course and related disciplines, as well as to enter critically in information, documentary and communication working environments.
No particular prerequisites are necessary, if not the knowledge of the Italian language and a suitable cultural level for a humanistic university student.
The main topics will be: data and metadata, information and documents, knowledge organization, information behaviours, bibliometrics and professional ethics of librarians and other information professionals.
Referral texts
For the definitive bibliography see


--- Bibliografia minima (obbligatoria per tutti):

David Bawden - Lyn Robinson, Introduction to information science, London, Facet, 2012. Solo i capitoli 1, 3, 8, 9, 11.
Riccardo Ridi. Il mondo dei documenti. Cosa sono, come valutarli e organizzarli, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010. Solo i capitoli I e II (p. 3-48), il primo paragrafo del capitolo V (p. 101-104) e il capitolo VII (p. 152-166).
Riccardo Ridi. Etica bibliotecaria. Deontologia professionale e dilemmi morali, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2011. Solo fino a p. 113.
Riccardo Ridi. Bibliometria: una introduzione, "Bibliotime", XIII (2010), n. 1.
Riccardo Ridi. Livelli di irrealtà: oggettività e soggettività nell'organizzazione della conoscenza, "Bibliotime", XVIII (2015), n. 2.
Riccardo Ridi. Biblioteconomia e organizzazione della conoscenza: quattro ipotesi fondazionali, in 1. Seminario nazionale di biblioteconomia: didattica e ricerca nell'università italiana e confronti internazionali, Roma, 30-31 Maggio 2013, Milano, Ledizioni, 2013, p. 101-110.

--- Bibliografia supplementare (obbligatoria solo per chi non frequenta il corso on-line):
Claudio Gnoli - Vittorio Marino - Luca Rosati, Organizzare la conoscenza. Dalle biblioteche all'architettura dell'informazione per il web, Milano, Hops - Tecniche Nuove, 2006. Solo i capitoli 1, 2, 3 e 8.
Alberto Salarelli, Introduzione alla scienza dell'informazione, Milano, Editrice Bibliografica, 2012.
Assessment methods
Three open-ended questions to be answered in written form in 45 minutes. The questions will instead be 4 (to be answered in 60 minutes) for those who will not support the mid-course test that will be done online, by writing a short text on a course topic.
Teaching methods
Lessons and exercitations completely online (except face to face final examination)
Teaching language
Further information
Bibliography, lessons, meeting and seminars calendar, teaching materials and mailing list
available at

To take part in the course (which takes place from mid-September to mid-December each year) students must register on the Ca 'Foscari e-learning platform ( ) using the password that they can ask teacher from 1 September by sending an email to

Students who can not access the platform during this period can write to the teacher to agree on a different program for the exam.

The lessons are scheduled "in the virtual classroom" on Monday morning because each course must necessarily have a timetable, but this indication is purely administrative, because the lessons consist of a series of teaching materials (which are put online on Sunday evening or Monday morning and to which students can access at any time until the end of the course) and in a forum for discussion (constantly available from the beginning to the end of the course). So the course can also be followed by those who can not be online on Monday morning (or on other mornings or afternoons of the week).

Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion. Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments.
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support
services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with
mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
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