Compiler to author: A process for designing rhetorically aware document collections

Melanie Feinberg
2011 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
While neutrality has been extensively questioned as a design principle for document collections and their descriptive infrastructures, little research has investigated how this conceptual shift might affect the collection designer's task. This paper describes the development and evaluation of a design process to author document collections with an acknowledged rhetorical purpose, collections with a design goal to persuasively communicate a position on their material to an identified audience.
more » ... llowing principles of design research, the process was developed via the creation of two prototype collections. The process was then implemented in a classroom setting. Over the course of a semester, sixteen participants used the design process both as individuals and in teams to create rhetorically aware document collections. While study participants successfully used the process to create collections that persuasively expressed a position on their subject matter, reflections on their design experiences showed that the student designers felt some ambivalence regarding the assumption of authorial power.
doi:10.1002/asi.21578 fatcat:gofewwuf2jglnpzdgzecqcdhlm