LIBR 501 (3)

FOUNDATIONS OF THE INFORMATION SOCIETY AND INFORMATION ORGANIZATIONS

[No longer offered as of September 2015]

PRE or CO-REQUISITES:
MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: LIBR 500 is a co-requisite
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL : This course introduces students to the range of organizations whose purpose is to gather, organize, and transfer information; their role in society; their procedures; their rationales; how they are staffed and the division of labour in each institution. It introduces students to the profession they will eventually join as a professional librarian. The overarching goal of this course is to provide students with a better understanding of what libraries and information based organizations attempt to do in society and what activities take place in those institutions. It also attempts to provide you with an understanding of the nature and characteristics of the library profession.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • clearly delineate between libraries and archives;
  • clearly delineate between the four basic types of libraries;
  • describe the processes and functions that occur within libraries and other information agencies;
  • describe typical staffing arrangements in libraries;
  • conduct a successful search for library literature utilizing print, electronic and web-based resources;
  • articulate the role of change in library history;
  • articulate the role of change in contemporary information agencies;
  • clearly describe the role and importance of public libraries in society;
  • articulate the importance of intellectual freedom to librarians and describe the methods used to maintain that freedom;
  • clearly describe the role and importance of school libraries in society;
  • clearly describe the role and importance of academic libraries in society;
  • articulate the importance of intellectual property laws to librarians and describe the methods used to maintain a balance between the rights of creators of information and the users of information
  • clearly describe the role and importance of special libraries in society;
  • clearly articulate the nature and characteristics of the library profession.

CONTENT:

  • Information Based Organizations
  • Public Libraries
  • School Libraries
  • Academic Libraries
  • Special Libraries (for-profit and not-for-profit)
  • Archives
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Copyright
  • Entrepreneurial (independent) Librarianship
  • International Librarianship