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LIST 1103

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Acquisitions And Technical Processing
Prerequisite(s) LIST 1101
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course serves as an introduction to the techniques of ordering and receiving library materials in all formats for library and information center technicians.  Training includes bibliographic verification, library bookkeeping, preparation of order lists and purchase orders, and communications with vendors.  The course will address knowledge of basic finding tools, e.g. Books in Print, publishers’ catalogs, online resources, acquisitions terminology, serials ordering, check-in, and claim procedures.

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

A. Understand and explain the significance of acquisitions and technical processing for collections in libraries and information centers.
B. Understand and explain the common elements of bibliographic information; verify bibliographic information.    
C. Understand the process of conducting library bookkeeping.
D. Describe and demonstrate the process for preparing order lists.
E. Describe and demonstrate the process for completing purchase orders.
F. Identify ways to communicate with vendors.
G. Differentiate between basic finding tools such as Books in Print and online catalogs, and the advantages and disadvantages of using each tool.    
H. Understand essential terms used in basic acquisitions procedures.  
I. Describe the various components of serials (periodicals) ordering.
J. Understand the significance of serials processing; think critically concerning the role of serials in providing current information to library and information center users.
K. Describe and demonstrate serial check-in and claims procedures.

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

A. Through class discussions, small-group activities, and individual assignments in the library.  
B. Through demonstrations using databases, books, serials, and other materials.
C. Through individual demonstrations, presentations, and reports.
D. Through comprehension of textbook materials, reserve materials, and periodical articles available online through GALILEO databases.  
E. Through interactions with technical processing staff.    
F. Through interpretation of acquisition and technical processes records.
G. Through assessment and application of practical library processing principles and procedures.  

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

A. By describing and analyzing the types of work performed by library
paraprofessionals in acquisitions and technical processing.  
B. By learning to identify and unify the various components of library bookkeeping
C. By integrating bibliographic information into the ordering process.  
D. By identifying and analyzing a problem in acquisitions or technical processing and
suggesting solutions appropriate for a specific type of library or information center.

III.   Students will develop lifelong learning skills in a supportive library classroom

A. By learning how to locate, acquire, and purchase materials in all formats.  
B.   By learning computer, bookkeeping, and management skills.
C.   By learning to use the process of change to enhance personal growth.

Course Content
The course content will include the following:  
A.    The role of acquisitions and technical processing of materials in libraries and
information centers.
B. Verifying bibliographic information.
C. Library bookkeeping.
D. Preparing order lists.  
E. Preparing purchase orders.
F. Communicating with vendors.
G. Using basic finding tools (Books in Print, publishers’ catalogs, and online resources).
H. Understanding acquisitions and technical process terminology and functions.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives

I.   Projects will include the following:

A. (10% of the total grade) At least one short essay.

B. (20% of grade)  Successful completion of the following:

At least one verification of bibliographic information.
At least one preparation of a materials order list.  
At least one preparation of a purchase order.
At least one preparation of a serials claims list.

C. (10 % of grade) Active participation in class discussions, activities, demonstrations.

D. (10% of grade) Pop quizzes to test student comprehension of course content.  

E. (15% of grade) A midterm examination.

F. (20% of grade) A group project presenting one major topic of the class, such as basic finding tools, online resources, acquisitions processes, serials ordering, check-in, and claim procedures.  All members of a group will receive the same grade.

G. (15% of grade) A final examination.

II.   Departmental Assessment

A. Every two years a department committee appointed by the Library (LIST) Program
Committee will select a representative sample of the public services in libraries and  
information centers class 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.  In addition LIST will be reviewed under the Board of Regents every seven years.  


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

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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