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LIST 1101

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction To Libraries And Information Science
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption fro  Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is designed to provide both a historical background to the development of modern libraries and information services, and a sense of the scope of present activities in the field.  Students are introduced to the various types of libraries, media centers, and learning resource centers, and will contrast them with the concept of the “Virtual Library.”  The course will include such topics as the role of the library technician in the delivery of services, basic library terminology, an explanation of the Library Bill of Rights and intellectual freedom, the role of library associations on the local, state, and national levels, and introduction to library journals and listservs (both professional and paraprofessional).

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing the course the student will be able to:

A.  Understand the significance of developments in librarianship throughout its history and identify what for them is the one key element of the profession that has influenced modern library practice the most.
B. Understand and explain the common elements of service in each     type of library and contrast that with those elements of service unique to each type of library and the types of work performed by library personnel in each one.
C. Define essential terms commonly used in everyday library practice.
D. Cite key elements of the Library Bill of Rights and give examples of potential and actual violations of it.
E. Describe the purposes of the major library associations at the local, state, and national levels and identify at least one they would consider joining.
F. Identify the major library journals and justify which one(s) they would consider subscribing to and possibly contributing to and why.
G. Identify the major library cataloging and classification systems and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each one as it pertains to each type of library.
H. Evaluate the condition of a book and determine the need for repair or possible replacement.
I. Understand and demonstrate book repair methodology.

General Education Outcomes
I. Students will develop skills and understanding of the role of library services in the following ways;

A. Through class discussions, small-group activities, and individual assignments in the Learning Resources Center.
B. Through demonstrations using databases, books, periodicals, and other resources, and through group and individual assignments using databases and other resources in the Library Instruction Room, at the Library workstations, at the Circulation Desk, at the Reference Desks, at the Information Desk, and at various other service and collection points in the Library.
C. Through group activities and class discussions demonstrating interactions between library users and staff.
D. Through individual demonstrations, presentations, and reports.
E. Through comprehension of textbook materials as well as readings placed on reserve.
F. Through interactions with library users in person.
G. Through projects promoting library collections and services for library users.
H. Through interpretation of reference and circulation statistics.
I. Through assessment and application of library collection development and acquisitions procedures.
J. Through assessment and application of library cataloging principles and procedures.

II. Learners will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:

A. By learning to identify the various types of libraries and compare and contrast the methods used to provide information services to the unique user population of each one.
B. By learning to identify levels of service provided by the library depending upon its size, location, type, and user population.
C. Describe and analyze the types of work performed by library paraprofessionals and the occupational outlook for each one.
D. Identify and analyze and a problem in either library public services or library technical services and suggest solutions appropriate for a specific type of library.

III. Students will develop lifelong learning skills in a supportive, caring library environment:

A. By learning about information resources and how to find them and use them.
B. By learning how to organize access, manage, and promote resources.
C. By learning how to provide information services in a constantly changing environment.
D. By learning how to use the process of change and the perspective of history to enhance personal growth.

Course Content
A. The book
1. History of the book and printing
2. History of libraries as “homes” for books
3. Examination of the physical aspects of the book including repair procedures.
B. The Information Industry
1. Past, present, future
2. Public libraries and information centers
3. School libraries and media centers
4. Academic libraries and learning resource centers
5. Special (business, law, health science) libraries and information resource centers
C. Organization of Material
1. Ordering of books and serials
2. Cataloging and classification of materials
3. Catalog and other forms of entry
4. Arrangement of entry

D. Reference materials
1. Definition, types, and selection criteria
2. General reference works
3. Specific subject reference works

E. Online resources and CD-ROM technology
1. Bibliographic databases
2. CD-ROM databases

F. Special resources
1. Audio-visual resources
2. Government documents
3. Periodicals
a. print
b. online

4. “Orphan” publications and vertical files.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
I. Projects include the following:

A. Weekly written assignments using the resources of the Dunwoody Campus Library (another, comparable, library used if the instructor determines that it would be more convenient for the student to do so). (20%)
B. Readings of the textbook assignments as well as reserve assignments and participation in class discussions based on their content. (20%)
C. Completion of a term project pertaining to one aspect of library services or history as it applies to a specific type of library. (40%)
D. Quizzes on each major topic covered in the course as well as a final exam given at the end of the course. (20%)

II. Department Assessment
A. Every five years a departmental committee appointed by the
Library (LIST) Program Committee will select a representative sample of the Introduction to Libraries and Information Services course materials.

B.   The selected course materials will be evaluated according
to the criteria set forth in the Expected Education Results
section of the common course outline.

C. This course will be evaluated every seven years by the
Board of Regents.


The Library Program Committee will use the information gathered from the
departmental assessments to revise the course outline and syllabus asneeded.

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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