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Information Architecture and Knowledge Management Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information

The Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program's web page can be found here.

Curricular Focus

The Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program's core courses provide a cross-section of the information-related disciplines.The Master of Science degree in information architecture and knowledge management is a multidisciplinary degree that provides opportunities for students interested in graduate studies and research in the broad range of information-related disciplines and professions.

Departmental Goals

The Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program is administered by the School of Library and Information Science.The need for transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary information professionals led to the creation of the Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.This degree program continually keeps abreast of current and emerging information skills, technologies and education.

Departmental areas of concentration

  • Knowledge management
  • Computer systems user interfaces
  • Organizational learning
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Knowledge representation

Degrees offered:

  • Master of Science (concentrations in Information Architecture, Information Use, and Knowledge Management).

Special programs within the school

Students can pursue multiple degrees of the Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (MA in JMC) and Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (MS in IAKM) or a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and a MS in IAKM. For more information visit here.

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Scope of Coverage

The following subject areas are collected at the research study level:

  • Information Technology
  • Management Information Systems
  • Electronic Computers
  • Computer Software

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced study level:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas 


Primary emphasis is on the English language.


Date of publication

Emphasis on current materials.


Geographical guidelines

No restrictions


Multiple copies

Only when warranted by high demand.

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Material Types

Recent Acquisitions



Advanced study level and research level scholarly materials are emphasized.Textbooks are acquired on a very selective basis.

Audiovisual material

Purchased upon request from the departmental faculty in support of classroom instruction.

Theses and dissertations

Selectively acquired in support of graduate and faculty research.

Microform reproductions

Selectively acquired as they relate to the research level.


Recent volumes of a select number of scholarly journals in the discipline are also available online through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC).

Back issues and full runs of selected scholarly journals focusing on Information Architecture and Knowledge Management are also available online through KentStateUniversity's subscription to JSTOR.

Government Documents

The collection is strong from 1962-present, with earlier collections obtained from purchases and donations.All materials are cataloged and accessible via Kentlink.

Methods of acquisition

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, Kent State University receives federal documents at no cost. KentStateUniversity is also a State of Ohio Depository Library, and acquires many free state documents and publications as a result.

Federal publications

Many agencies publish and distribute information in support of the research and instructional interests of the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program.The National Technical Information Service, Commerce Department, and other Federal agencies supply the school with documents that offer various statistical information, analyses and guidelines.Any and all congressional publications are received by the library, which includes bills and laws, congressional hearings, congressional records and various House and Senate reports.

Federal Depository, Documents Data Miner

Government Information Databases

Online Services and Electronic Resources

Interdisciplinary Relations

The IAKM program reflects a unique set of sponsors including the School of Communication Studies, Department of Computer Science, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the School of Library and Information Science, the Department of Management and Information Systems, and the School of Visual Communication Design.

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