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Course Descriptions


100 Introduction to Libraries and Information Services (F, Sp) 5
An introduction to the historical and philosophical foundations of libraries and information services including effective use of libraries and information resources. The focus is on library principles, types of libraries, their functions, organization, services, terminology, the evolving roles of library personnel, and their continuing professional growth. Attention is also paid to the development of information literacy competencies as students explore the evolution of information from traditional print to digital resources.

110 Library Employment (Sp) 2
Recom: LIBR 100.
An examination of the library employment landscape with a focus on preparing for a successful job search. Attention is paid to creating effective resumes and cover letters, networking, and preparing for initial applicant screening procedures and interviews.

120 Technical Services (W) 5
Development of proficiency in the procedures, tools, and systems used in acquiring and processing library materials. The focus is on customer service, efficient and accurate interpretation of materials requests, ordering and receipt of materials in all formats, budget management, effective communication, and the use of print and electronic tools.

122 Circulation Services (F) 3
Development of proficiency in the procedures, tools, and systems used in library circulation, inventory, and interlibrary loan with a focus on philosophical underpinnings and customer service. Attention is paid to the effective use of library circulation systems, registering users, circulating materials, processing overdues and fines, and problem solving. Interlibrary loan, stacks management, security of the facility and materials, interpretation and communication of library policies are also covered.

132 Serving Diverse Communities (F) 3
Recom: LIBR 100.
An examination of library services to diverse populations including, but not limited to, ethnicity, national origin, language, gender, age, disability (human exceptionalities), and sexual orientation. The focus is on proactively developing collections and services that foster an atmosphere of inclusion and which meet the needs of all the library's users.

140 Cooperative Education (Su, F, W, Sp) 3-5
Prereq: Instructor permission.
Cooperative education provides an opportunity for students to combine classroom theory with practical experience gained in the workplace. Experience gained in the workplace is related to the student's field of study or career goals.

150 Reference Services (Sp) 5
Development of proficiency in providing face-to-face and remote reference services in a variety of settings. The focus is on the nature and purpose of reference services, library principles governing them, customer service, conducting effective reference interviews, and developing familiarity with a broad array of print and electronic resources. Attention is also paid to assisting library users to become proficient in using library resources themselves.

156 Serials (F) 3
Recom: LIBR 100.
An introduction to management of print and electronic serials with a focus on the procedures, tools, and systems used to manage subscriptions, attend to the integrity of the collection, and provide access to it. Attention is paid to acquisition, bibliographic control, processing, routing and circulation, electronic distribution, retention, collection maintenance, and record keeping.

160 Computers in Libraries (W) 5
Recom: LIBR 100.
An introduction to existing and emerging library-related technologies with a focus on effective use of catalogs, databases, and the Internet, integrated library systems, library websites, accessing and downloading various formats electronically, troubleshooting and assisting patrons. Attention is paid to the role that computers play in libraries and their impact as well as electronic communication, netiquette, security, ADA, working in networked environments, hardware and software, and developing technology fluency. Students will also learn to transfer from situation to situation, adapting to new technologies as they emerge.

170 Cataloging I (F) 5
Recom: LIBR 100.
An introduction to cataloging of library collections with a focus on bibliographic description, effective interpretation and use of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and MARC formats and creating and maintaining catalog records. Attention is paid to the use of library networks, integrated library systems, sources of electronic catalog copy, transfer and input into local and shared systems, and applying customer service models in performing all cataloging functions.

175 Cataloging II (Sp) 5
Recom: LIBR 100.
An introduction to cataloging of library collections with a focus on subject effective use and application of standardized subject headings and classification systems, and the use of MARC formats. Attention is paid to the use of library networks, integrated library systems, sources of electronic catalog copy, transfer and input into local and shared systems, and applying customer service models in performing all cataloging functions.

180 Media Services (W) 5
An examination of the components of quality media services programs in multiple library settings, with an emphasis on customer service. The focus is on collecting, managing, maintaining, and providing access to and assistance with media materials and equipment. Includes working effectively with media production and repair personnel. Emerging formats, methods of delivery and legal principles are also addressed.

240 Cooperative Education (Su, F, W, Sp) 3-5
Prereq: Instructor permission.
Cooperative education provides an opportunity for students to combine classroom theory with practical experience gained in the workplace. Experience gained in the workplace is related to the student�s field of study or career goals.

Specialty Courses

130 School Libraries (Sp) 5
In typical K-12 school library settings, the role of the librarian, emphasizing coordination of curricular and student needs, and reading motivation, and the teaching of information literacy skills.

178 Technical Services & Cataloging for Small Libraries (Su) 5
A general introduction to technical services activities, procedures, tools, and systems in small libraries. Areas examined include ordering, receiving, processing, basic cataloging, and preserving library materials in a variety of formats. Focus is on customer-centered technical service practices; efficient management of materials requests; managing acquisitions and cataloging tools budgets; and using print and electronic tools for all aspects of technical services. Provides background for further studies in collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, and preservation.

190 Library Administration and Management (F) 3
Recom: LIBR 100.
In-depth examination of the principles of library program management, including the management of personnel, facilities, budgets, and services designed to meet the needs of users. Designed to meet the needs of School Librarians and Public Library Practitioners.

195 Collection Development (Su) 3
Recom: LIBR 100.
Exploration of the principles and practices of library collection development in school and public libraries, including mission, policies, assessing user needs, selection tools, and principles such as intellectual freedom. Designed to meet the needs of School Librarians and Public Library Practitioners

Electives

136 Book Repair (Sp) 3
Development of proficiency in basic book repairs (paper cleaning, tears, hinging, tipping, recovering corners, re-backing, and Saw-Kerf binding). Understanding the physical properties of paper, book cloth and adhesives. Collection assessment, sorting materials according to proposed treatment, keeping records. Working tips on creating a mending team that includes circulation, technical services and acquisitions.

Independent Study

291-295 Independent Study (Su, F, W, Sp) 1-5
Prereq: Permission.
An individual or group project developed by the student(s) and instructor in the area of library and information services or employment.