LIB 101: Introduction to Library Services for Paraprofessionals
FALL 2011- Course Syllabus
Section #0390 Tuesdays 5:45 - 9:00 p.m.; Library room LL-311; August 30 - December 13, 2011
Instructor: Krista Goguen Librarian, Shatford Library, Pasadena City College
Office: LL 303, phone: 626-585-7832, e-mail: email@example.com
Office Hour: Please feel free to contact me to arrange an appointment
Reference Desk hours (subject to change): Wednesdays 2:00- 4:00 p.m. and Fridays: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Class Website: http://faculty.pasadena.edu/goguen/lib101.htm
Class Wiki: http://lib101fall11.pbworks.com
Course Description:Theory and practice in a variety of roles performed by library technicians in all types of libraries, media and information centers. Emphasis on the library technicians’ role in delivery of services, the tools and terminology of library services, and strategies for successful job placement. Discussion of the Library Bill of Rights and the relationships of libraries to the communities they serve. Review of online resources that support paraprofessional activities.
Student Learning Outcomes (goals): Students will be able to:
Discuss the profession of librarianship and the relationship of libraries to the communities they serve.
Identify the roles of the library/information technician in today's libraries.
Appraise the role and importance of library associations, trade journals and listservs.
Practice effective job search techniques and effective writing techniques for resumes and cover letters.
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Discuss a basic understanding of the profession of librarianship and the relationship of libraries to the communities they serve.
- Describe the role of the library/information technician in today's libraries.
- Define types of libraries, services required, and the function and organization of libraries.
- Identify terminology used in library/information service fields.
- Retrieve basic sources of information using proper search techniques.
- Identify basic library materials available in library/information services.
- Discuss the Library Bill of Rights
- Explore the role of library associations, journals and online resources for paraprofessionals.
- Prepare resumes and cover letters.
Link to Course Outline
Course Requirements and policies:
Fourie, Denise K. and David R. Dowell. Libraries in the Information Age: An Introduction and Career Exploration. 2nd Edition. Greenwood Village, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-59158-434-6
[one copy available in Textbooks (Non-Circulating) Z665.F74 2009 (in library use only)]
Please notify me via e-mail or phone message if you will miss class.
If you miss more than 2 classes, and I have not heard from you, college policy allows me to drop you from the class.
If you decide to stop coming to class, it is your responsibility to drop or withdraw from the class.
Tests Midterm 75 points; Final 75 points
Scale based on 640 points (90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, <60%=F)
o Attendance and participation in class discussions and activities : 160 points (10 points per class) (25%)
o Assignments: 9 assignments worth a total of 240 points; Reading responses: 100 points (10x10) (50%)
o Tests: Midterm 75 points; Final 75 points (25%)
Please familiarize yourself with PCC’s "Student Conduct and Academic Honesty" policy particularly as it relates to cheating and plagiarism (www.pasadena.edu/ipro/policies/pcc_4520.pdf),
No Food or Drinks allowed
in Room LL311. We will have a 15-minute break for the opportunity
to eat outside. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Special Needs: If you believe you may need an accommodation
to successfully complete this course, contact Disabled Students Programs &
Services in room D209 (www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/dsps
or (626) 585-7127).
Special Needs: If you believe you may need an accommodation to successfully complete this course, contact Disabled Students Programs & Services in room D209 (www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/dsps or (626) 585-7127).
Outline Weekly Schdule
with links to reading and assignments
1 (8/30) Course overview
and expectations, Overview of Library Technology program, What
Week 2 (9/6) School Libraries (guest speakers); Special Libraries, library brochure
6 (10/4) Field Trip to Pasadena Public Library - Hill
Avenue Branch, Guest speaker Library Bill of Rights,
8 (10/18) Midterm; Social Networking and Libraries
(Library 2.0); Library Associations;
9 (10/25) Review midterm, Library
Service areas: Tour of Access Services, Library Classification
10 (11/1) Library service areas: Technical
Services, Tour of Technical Services;
Week 11 (11/8) Library services: Public Services –Guest speakers; Presentations: Issues in Librarianship
12 (11/15) Library jobs: hiring and job descriptions,
guest speaker; Resume
13 (11/22) Reference
Services, Reference Interview and Basic Sources of information
Week 14 (11/29) Presentations: Issues in Librarianship, Work in groups on Group Project
15 (12/6) Group presentations:
Library programs/ services,
Week 16 (12/13) Final Exam
Reading Response Assignments (100 points; 10 points each) (grading rubric)
These can be submitted in class or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by or before the due date.
and Contrast: Public, Academic and Special Libraries (45
points) Due 9/27
2. Create a Brochure for a Special Library (20 points) Due 10/11
4. Portfolio and Self-Reflection (30 points) Due 10/18
6. Library Job descriptions (10 points) Due 10/25
8. Library Discussion Lists and Blogs (25 points) Due 11/22
9. Library Service Areas (Group project) (20 points) Due 12/6 or 12/13
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