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LIST 2014

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Services In Special Libraries
Prerequisite(s) LIST 1101, LIST 1103, and LIST 1105
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Focuses on varied types of special libraries (law, health science, business, government, history, etc.) and the role they play in facilitating the work of different user groups within an organization.  Research tools and reference books specific to these unique libraries are reviewed.  Class field trips to local special libraries are included.

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

A. Understand the unique contribution to information delivery made by
each type of special library including user populations and collection development.

B. Identify specialty journals which are generally found in each type
of special library.

C. Identify reference works essential to the provision of information in
each type of special library.

D. Identify professional library associations and publications unique to each type of special library.

General Education Outcomes
I. Students will develop skills and understand the role of special 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, textbooks, periodicals,
and other resources from the collections of Georgia Perimeter College and local special libraries.

C. Through examinations of case studies unique to each special library 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 class site visits to
local special libraries.

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

A. By learning about how to identify and meet the unique needs of the special library patron.
B. By learning how to develop a collection development plan unique to the user population of a specific special library.
C. By learning to compare and contrast user and technical services provided in each type of special library.

Course Content

A. Health Science Libraries

1. Cataloging and Technical Processing
2. Public Services
3. The Health Science Community
4. History of Medical Librarianship
5. Medical Library Association
6. Types of Libraries/Institutions

B. Law Libraries

1. Cataloging and Technical Processing
2. Public Services
3. Government Documents
4. History of Law Librarianship
5. American Association of Law Libraries
6. Law School Libraries
7. Law Firm Libraries
8. Government Libraries

C. Corporate Libraries

1. Cataloging and Technical Processing
2. Public Services
3. History of Corporate Librarianship
4. Special Library Association
5. Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals
6. Types of Corporate Libraries

D. Other Special Libraries/Information Centers

1. Historical Sites
2. Foundation Center

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
I. Projects include the following:

A. Weekly written assignments using the resources of the
Georgia Perimeter College libraries and those of selected special libraries.

B. Readings from published literature pertaining to selected    topics in special librarianship.
C. Participation in class visits to selected special libraries in the Atlanta area.
D. Participation in class discussions on aspects of special libraries and library practice.
E. Completion of a term project on a specific function found in a specific type of special library.

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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