LIB - Library Science

Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, Reich College of Education

Graduate Courses in Library Science (LIB)

Additional offerings by the department include courses in Foundations of Education (FDN), Higher Education (HE), Instructional Technology Computers (ITC), Leadership in School Administration (LSA), and Research (RES)

Terry McClannon, Department Chair

Library Science (LIB)

LIB 5010. Collection Development and Management (3).On Demand. This course outlines the concepts, process, practices, policies, and issues related to developing and managing collections to meet user needs in school and public libraries. Intellectual freedom and the basics of copyright law and fair use are also examined.

LIB 5020. Information Sources and Services (3).On Demand. This course examines how patrons locate, evaluate, use, and share information, and what libraries can do to promote and support patron information literacy and fluency. Information needs analysis, search strategies, ethical uses of information, evaluation of reference services, virtual reference services, the reference interview, and cultural influences on issues related to reference services will be explored and examined in this course.

LIB 5030. Organization of Information (3).On Demand. This course examines the skills and knowledge necessary for today's school and public librarians to process and organize all types of media and information formats, including print, non-print, and electronic resources. Descriptive and value-added cataloging, MARC records, Resource Description and Access, virtual libraries, union catalogs, digital information sources and storage devices, automated cataloging systems, folksonomies and social classification, indexing, subject heading lists, classification systems and current organizational practices, and theories and rules are explored and evaluated.

LIB 5040. Strategic Administration of School Media Resources and Services (3).On Demand. Theories of management and leadership are explored and applied in the planning and administration of school library media centers, including access, budgeting, staffing, professional development, facilities design, public relations and community outreach (global and local), policies and procedures, and grant writing.

LIB 5042. Strategic Administration of Library Resources and Services (3).On Demand. Management theory and managerial functions are investigated and applied to the library setting. The history, mission, philosophy and objectives of libraries are explored, and topics including standards and competencies, personnel, facilities, resources, budgeting, public relations, planning, programming, and evaluation are examined.

LIB 5045. Strategic Administration of Public Library Resources and Services (3).On Demand. This course examines the history of public libraries, the changing role, services and mission of the modern public library, and its administrative functions. Funding and budgeting, personnel administration and supervision, facilities design, working with library boards of trustees, library organizational patterns, governance and legal structures, the State Library role, marketing and advocacy, and contemporary issues are among the many topics explored.

LIB 5050. Technology and Libraries: Tools, Resources, and Issues (3).On Demand. This course critically examines tools, resources, and issues related to the use of technology in today's libraries and school media centers. The impact that technology has on storage, retrieval, user information-seeking behaviors, and social interactions will be explored and discussed in this course.

LIB 5060. Building Connections Through Community and Culture (3).On Demand. In this course, students will explore cultural issues and their relevance to the role of the public librarian and school media specialist in providing library services to the local, regional, national and international community. Elements of culture, such as oral narratives, genealogy, community history, and literature, will be examined through a local and global perspective. In some cases, study abroad experiences will provide opportunities to examine community and cultural issues on an international level.

LIB 5070. Integrating Literature and Media into Instruction (3).On Demand. This course will consider the learning theories and best practices to collaboratively plan and integrate instruction in schools utilizing literature and media. Topics include understanding student developmental levels and diversity, assessment, alignment with standards, instructional design and teaching strategies, resource selection, multiple literacies, and research processes.

LIB 5080. Collaborative Media Program Planning and Evaluation (3).On Demand. Concepts and current practices related to planning, implementing, and evaluating a media program as an integral part of the school.

LIB 5130. Government Publications (3).On Demand. Examination of the nature and scope of federal, state, local and international government publications with primary attention given to publications of the United States; basic reference materials; acquisition and organization of government publications. Prerequisite: LIB 5020.

LIB 5140. Electronic Research (3).F. Explores electronic reference and information sources in all available formats, including CD-ROM, DVD, and Internet databases available in schools and public libraries. Search engines, lesson plans, subject guides, online reference resources and web pathfinders are all explored through hands-on computer experience.

LIB 5150. Library Services to Youth (3).On Demand. This course presents the organizational structures found in public and other types of libraries to provide services to children and young adults, including the why, how, and by whom such services are provided. Emphasis is placed on the management responsibilities for assuring quality service to these clientele.

LIB 5155. Mystery Genre (3).F;S. In this course, the broad range of subgenres within mystery and detective fiction and non- fiction, from ghost stories and seasonal folklore, to true crime including children's picture books through classic and popular adult works is explored.

LIB 5160. Critical Evaluation of Library Media for Young Adults (3). On Demand. Focusing on materials for the adolescent, students investigate the full range of print and non-print media from perspectives of criticism, bibliographic access, and utilization in public library, school library and classroom settings. To stimulate both instructional and recreational use of media by adolescents, library media programs and services are surveyed and demonstrated.

LIB 5165. Literature and Media for Children and Youth (3).On Demand. A survey of literature and media from birth through young adult including genres, determining reading levels, and performing readers' advisory for youth.

LIB 5170. Storytelling (3).On Demand. An introduction to storytelling programs; experience in selecting, adapting, and presenting materials from the oral tradition and modern literary sources. Emphasis will be placed on the study of folklore and its adaptations for children.

LIB 5180. Multicultural Literature for Youth (3).On Demand. To introduce the nature of cultural pluralism and prejudice in American Society and to identify its elements in the literature and media for children. Media for children which best exemplifies each ethnic group will be discussed. Criteria for the evaluation of multicultural content in media will be presented. Ways in which to introduce multicultural content in library programs for children will also be examined.

LIB 5190. Critical Evaluation of Library Media for Children (3).On Demand. Focusing on materials for children, students investigate the full range of print and non-print media from perspectives of criticism, bibliographic access, and utilization in public library, school library and classroom settings. To stimulate both instructional and recreational use of media by children, library media programs and services are surveyed and demonstrated.

LIB 5195. Critical Issues in Literature and Media (3).On Demand. Through readings, discussions, guest speakers and written assignments, students will become familiar with and formulate positions on the most critical issues of the children and youth literature field including national and international issues, ethnic and diversity issues, peace and social justice issues, new digital formats, age appropriateness, professional associations and awards, needs of children vs. needs of publishers, and determination of quality in fiction and nonfiction. Prerequisite: an undergraduate or graduate level course in children or young adult literature.

LIB 5200. History of Books and Libraries (3).On Demand. Survey of the development and forms of books and libraries from ancient times to the present.

LIB 5210. Information Technologies in Libraries (3).On Demand. An investigation of the recently emerged technologies and methods which have greatly changed the processes of acquisition and dissemination of information in libraries. Various technologies will be studied which include telecommunications, telefacsimile, cable, satellite, videotext, and microcomputers. Prerequisites: LIB 5020, LIB 5050, or permission of the instructor.

LIB 5220. Introduction to Information Science (3). On Demand. Survey of developments, basic concepts, and methodologies. Emphasis is on the basic theories and the structure and dynamics of information flow, the structure of literature and documents. Tools and techniques for organization of information will be studied. The relationship of information science to librarianship and other disciplines will be examined. Prerequisites: LIB 5020, LIB 5030, LIB 5050.

LIB 5230. Information Storage and Retrieval in Libraries (3).On Demand. Presents concepts and theories of information storage and retrieval in the design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems. Various techniques of information processing in libraries and information centers are discussed. In-depth treatment of indexing languages and subject analysis. Prerequisites: LIB 5020, LIB 5030, LIB 5050, or permission of the instructor.

LIB 5260. Online Searching Through Telecommunications (2).On Demand. Introduction to accessing and searching electronic data bases. Search strategies and commands are discussed and practiced through classroom instructional programs such as Dialog. Coverage includes the different types of files and sources available.

LIB 5270. Instructional Role of the School Library-Media Specialist (3).F. This course combines theory and practice in exploring the many facets of the instructional role which can be and is played by the school library-media specialist in the teaching and learning process.

LIB 5300. Readers' Advisory (3).On Demand. This course will provide a survey of literature and media for adults. The course will include discussion of readers' advisory tools and strategies and the promotion of the use of library resources.

LIB 5310. Public Library Programming and Outreach (3).On Demand. This course will focus on assessing community needs and determining how to best meet those needs through in-house programming, outreach efforts, and community collaborations. The course will also address planning, implementation, and evaluation of public library programs as well as how to fund and market these initiatives.

LIB 5400. Seminar (3).S.

LIB 5500. Independent Study (1-4).F;S.

LIB 5525. Product of Learning (1-3).On Demand. Graded on an S/U basis.

LIB 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. Subject matter may vary from term to term depending on student interest and need. A student may enroll more than once in a selected topics course provided that the content does not duplicate that of a previous course.

LIB 5900. Internship/Practicum (1-6).F;S. Planned and supervised observation and practice in an approved library or other information service agency. A 45-hour field experience for each semester hour of credit to be earned will be planned by the student in conjunction with the supervising librarian and the university supervisor. Placement is made only with advice and approval of the advisor. Graded on an S/U basis.

LIB 5910. Applications of Librarianship Standards (1-6).On Demand. This course provides field-based experiences related to applications of librarianship standards. Graded on an S/U basis.

LIB 5989 Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. LIB 5989 does not count toward a degree.

LIB 5999. Thesis (2-4).F;S. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.

LIB 6000. School Library-Media Center Issues and Trends Seminar (1-3).On Demand. A seminar which treats contemporary issues and trends relative to organization, procedures, program, personnel, interlibrary relationships, information access, finance, and newer technologies impinging upon school library-media centers.

LIB 6020. Advanced Reference: Sources and Services (3).On Demand. An advanced course designed to explore the various aspects of contemporary reference services provided by information professionals. Includes a survey of manual and computer reference sources and issues related to reference services. Some practical reference experience provided in a public or an academic library setting.

LIB 6100. District/Regional School Media Supervision (3).On Demand. An exploration of the role of school library-media supervision at the district and regional level and the various functions performed by school library-media supervisors.

LIB 6500. Independent Study (1-4).F;S.

LIB 6530-6549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.

LIB 6900. Internship/Practicum in Library Science (3-6).F;S. Planned and supervised practice and supervisory level projects in an approved district level media center office and/or at a state level regional service center. The professional projects and schedule will be planned in conjunction with the cooperating supervisor and the university supervisor. Placement is made only with the advice and approval of the student's advisor. Graded on an S/U basis. The course can be repeated for credit.