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LIST 2003

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title School Libraries And Media Centers
Prerequisite(s) LIST 1101 and LIST 1105
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is an introduction to the field of school and media center services for the paraprofessional.  Content will include the role of the paraprofessional in the school library or media center, public and private school libraries, helping students learn the process of finding what they need, print and online resources for schools and media services, audio-visual and media equipment, materials,
preparation, technical support, programming, and
community relations.

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

A. Understand the significance of the library or media center in the school
B. Understand the use of various media (both print and non-print) as learning tools that enhance educational opportunities.
C. Understand and coordinate with school faculty the appropriate use of various forms of media in teaching and learning.
D. Demonstrate a knowledge of processing materials and equipment.

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

A. Through class discussions, small-group activities, and individual

B. Through individual assignments using databases, books, periodical
articles, and practical experience such as library visits.
C. Through comprehension of assigned readings on aspects of school
libraries or media centers.

D. Through hands-on demonstrations and utilization of various media-related equipment.

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

A. By understanding the uses of various types of media in schools and media

B. By achieving proficiency in collection development appropriate to community standards and interests.

III. Students will develop lifelong learning skills in an appropriate, caring, library   environment:
A. By gaining an understanding of the role and mission of school libraries
and media centers in the learning environment.

B. By gaining an understanding of the components of a library skills curriculum and be able to assist in the development of an appropriate program of library skills instruction in an elementary, middle, or high school supported by public or private funding.

C. By developing an understanding of the research process and be able to
assist in the development of related skills to elementary, middle, or high school students.

D. By gaining an understanding of the concept of “resource-based instruction”and be able to assist in the coordination of curriculum design in cooperation with school faculty supported by library materials represented by various media formats.
E. By gaining an understanding of the importance of collection development and the practice of continuously conducting an appropriate library evaluation.

Course Content
A. Background and Orientation
B. Roles of the Library/Media Center and Librarian/Media Specialist/Library Clerk/Library Technician
1. Instructor to Students
2. Consultant to School Faculty
3. Counselor to Parents
4. Literacy Skills Advocate to the Community (“Library Bill Of Rights”)
C. Cataloging
1. Dewey Decimal System
2. Sears Subject Headings
3. Cards vs. OPAC

D. Reference Sources & Research Skills
1. General Encyclopedias
2. Subject-specific Encyclopedias
3. Dictionaries
4. Foreign Language Dictionaries
5. Handbooks
6. Statistical Sources
7. Databases
8. World Wide Web Sources
9. Style Manuals
a. MLA
b. Turabian/Chicago
10. Vertical File Maintenance

E. Resource-Based Teaching
1. Use of Print Sources
2. Use of Non-print Sources
3. Use of Online Sources
4. Library-based Instruction
5. Library Staff As Part of the Teaching Team

F. Planning & Evaluation
1. Reviewing Current Conditions
2. Anticipating Future Needs

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
I. Projects will include the following:

A. (30% of grade.) Completion of assigned readings and in-class discussions pertaining to them.

B. (30% of grade.) Weekly quizzes.

C. (40% of grade.) Completion of term project relating to an aspect of activities and responsibilities of libraries and media centers in schools.

II. Departmental Assessment

A. Every two years a departmental committee appointed by the Library
(LIST) Program Committee will select a representative sample of the School Libraries and Media Centers 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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