This course is designed to introduce students to the field of children's literature. The course will cover the theories, history, and types of children's literature. Emphasis will be on giving students the ability to evaluate and select appropriate literature for various ages of children. The course is recommended for elementary education and library science majors and at some institutions is a requirement for those majors. Course material, however, will be broad enough to accommodate anyone with an interest in the field of children's literature.
This course provides an introduction to the technology used in libraries. The course will emphasize understanding the operating systems, hardware and software of various types, and the use of databases. The course will cover the Internet and its history pertaining to libraries, using search engines, e-mail, and Internet use policies for different libraries. Also covered will be how bibliographic information is stored, integrated library systems, bibliographic control, serials, descriptive cataloging, authority control, MARC systems, subject access to collections, and metadata.
Prerequisite: LS 101
This course will provide an introduction to the different types of technical services within libraries. The course will cover collection development and acquisitions, serials, interlibrary loan and document delivery, cataloging, circulation functions including reserves, circulation systems, confidentiality of records, statistics, non-circulation collections, stacks maintenance, copyright and plagiarism, special collections, and preservation. Information will also be given on storage and handling, disaster prevention, collection preservation programs, and materials preparation and repair.
LS 202 Public Services for Libraries (3)
This course will examine what constitutes public services in a library. The course will cover types of library users, service policies, model behaviors at a service desk, appropriate levels of information, reference vs. non-reference inquires, tips for dealing with difficult people, intercultural communication, and the reference process. Also included will be the research process, library instruction, exhibits and events, and outreach.
LS 203 Reference Skills and Resources (3)
Prerequisite: LS 103
This course will cover the fundamentals of a reference desk, including both print and online reference resources, databases used to provide services to patrons, conducting the reference interview, interacting with patrons of differing nationalities and needs, follow-up services, online reference, and techniques for pushing information to patrons. The course will also emphasize time management, communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, problem solving, reference machines, and outreach. In addition, the course will look at the theoretical framework of reference services guiding librarians, as well as major trends in library reference services and information sciences and what the future may bring.
LS 210 Library Technician Internship
Prerequisites: LS 101, LS 103, LS201, LS 202
This course will provide professionally supervised practical work experience in approved school, public, university, or special libraries. The course will focus on applying specific skills, knowledge, and theory in a library setting in order to develop a broad understanding of the information science field and how library facilities operate. The course requires a total of 225 on-site hours in an unpaid internship experience.