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LIST 2006

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title College And University Libraries
Prerequisite(s) LIST 1101
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is an introduction to library services in academic
libraries, from two-year institutions and community colleges, to four-year and university libraries, and the role of the paraprofessional within these various types of academic libraries.  The course will include an overview of the history of academic libraries, academic library management, include serials management, and academic library services.

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

A. Identify the characteristics of academic libraries that set them apart from public, school, and special libraries.
B. Identify the characteristics of academic libraries they share with the broader world of library work.
C. Demonstrate familiarity with the concept of “information literacy” and its promotion by the Association of College & Research Libraries.
D. Understand the challenges of, and some of the special adaptations of small- and large-sized academic libraries and the unique characteristics of each.
E. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the relationship between academic libraries and their parent institutions.
F. Understand some of the special challenges of collection development and management in an academic setting.
G. Demonstrate an understanding of the strong service and educational values promoted within the staffs of undergraduate libraries.
H. Demonstrate an appreciation for the challenges associated with building research collections in large university libraries.
I. Understand the “tiered” nature of academic library user groups (primary, secondary, and tertiary patrons).
J.   Demonstrate a basic understanding of academic library governance issues.

General Education Outcomes
I. Students will develop skills and understand the role of academic libraries in the following ways:

A. Through class discussions, small-group activities, and individual        
assignments, including focused readings.

B. Through direct use of the resources (databases, book collection, nonprint collection, periodicals) Georgia Perimeter College libraries. The emphasis here will be the location of appropriate materials in response to hypothetical patron requests.

C. Through examinations of case studies unique to particular academic libraries (differentiated by size, mission, or location) including comparisons of similarities and differences in the resolution of problems in each type of library.

D. Through first-hand experience as a result of site visits to several academic libraries of various sizes and types.

E. Through exposure to, and experimentation with, the means through which academic libraries publicize their services and educate their patrons.

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

A. By learning about how to contrast the challenges met in academic libraries, varied as they are by size and type.

B. By learning how to work with others in the tentative solution of service problems through discussion and conflict resolution.

C. By learning to discuss some of the typical supervisory difficulties faced in academic libraries.

Course Content

A. College and university libraries—an historical overview.
B. Academic library mission statements and their service philosophy.
C. Sources that identify academic libraries; the large, small, and the “typical college library.”
D. Academic libraries within the governance structures of their parent institutions.
E. Supervision within academic libraries.
F. Academic collection development and management.
G. Library of Congress classification and subject headings.
H. Special purposes of the undergraduate library.
I. Special purposes of the research library.
J. Academic library patrons; the special needs of students and faculty
K. Public relations of the college and university library; how patron groups are made aware of services and collections
L. Human relations and diversity issues.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
I. Assignments, classwork, projects, and tests may include the following:

A. (20% of grade) With other students, participation in classroom discussion and in the development of thoughtful responses to case study problems.
B. (20% of grade) Tests on readings completion. Assigned readings will be a focused collection of brief, often “classic”, articles devoted to the challenges within academic library work
C. (25% of grade) Faithful class attendance and participation in field trips to several USG and private academic libraries.
D. (15% of grade) Completion of a short essay, or “paper,” on a particular aspect of academic library work, to be selected from a list of topics covering collections, management, patron relations, library history, and the like.
E. (20% pf grade) A final examination.

II. Department 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 evaluated 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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