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LIST 2005

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Computers In Libraries
Prerequisite(s) LIST 1101, LIST 1103, and LIST 1105
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This survey of computers in libraries will include discussions of the use of computer-based systems in libraries and information centers as well as  “trouble-shooting” hardware and software access. Specific applications to be addressed include computer-based literature searching, indexing, and circulation from the perspective of computer applications.

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

A. Identify the various computer resources and demonstrate knowledge of the basic terminology.
B. Identify and apply problem-solving solutions to usage of hardware and software.
C. Employ bibliographic databases using search strings and Boolean operators.
D. Demonstrate a knowledge of bibliographic and non-bibliographic databases and be familiar with database vendors.
E. Analyze the records from online databases provided by major vendors such as EBSCO and ProQuest.

General Education Outcomes

I. Students will develop an understanding of the role of computer-based applications in libraries in the following ways:

A. Through class discussions, small-group activities and individual assignments.
B. Through hands-on demonstrations of database applications and hardware functions.
C. Through individual demonstrations, presentations and reports.
D. Through comprehension of assigned readings.

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

A. By learning to identify various library software applications (including those which are clerical in nature rather than library-specific) and their use in the library environment.
B. By learning to identify problems pertinent to the use of library computer systems and possible solutions including copyright issues.
C. By learning to identify strengths and weaknesses in common
library software and online programs.

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

A. By learning about commonly used library computer applications and their uses in various library environments.
B. By understanding the legal and ethical issues pertinent to the use of computer software, online applications, and hardware systems.

Course Content
A. Introduction
1. History of the use of computers in libraries
2. Cataloging systems
3. Reference services

1. The advent of CD-ROM in the library
2. The use and abuse of the CD-ROM
3. Alternatives to the online database
4. As a bibliographic verification tool
5. CD vs. DVD

C. PCs in the library
1. Advantages and disadvantages
2. Hardware
3. Creation of documents for simple operation
4. Bibliographies; overdue lists, etc.
5. Software needs; vendors of software products; equipment
6. Word processing tools; spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
7. Online catalogs
8. Troubleshooting

D. Bibliographic databases
1. Introduction to the use of online bibliographic tools
2. Search strategies and Boolean operators; determining which database is best for research purposes
3. Hands-on experience with GALILEO and other database collections

E. Non-bibliographic datafiles
1. Statistical files
2. Directory/business files
3. Full text files
4. World wide web

F. Future of automation in the library/information center
1. Ethical problems with the use of computers in libraries
2. Influence of technology on the patron and practitioner
3. The all automated (“virtual”) library
4. Keeping up with technological advances

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
I Projects include the following:

A (35% of grade) Weekly written problems assigned for submission and scoring.
B (20%) of grade) Assigned readings from professional literature for in-class discussion.
C (45% of grade). Completion of a term project demonstrating knowledge of an aspect of the use of computers in libraries.
II Departmental Assessment

A Every two years a departmental committee appointed by the Library (LIST) Program Committee will select a representative sample of 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 syllabus as needed.

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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