LIBR 548D (1)

VIEWERS’ ADVISORY SERVICE FOR ADULTS (1 credit course)

Offered on an irregular basis

PREREQUISITES:
MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of the core
MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

GOALS: The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the issue of Viewers’ Advisory Service and to prepare students for public service work in this area.

Definition of Viewers’ Advisory:  Services provided by a public services librarian who assists library users to find materials to watch.  Using tools adapted from readers’ advisory service, the librarian recommends specific titles and/or directors, actors, genres, etc., based on knowledge of patrons’ past viewing preferences and interests/needs; and may also compile lists of recommended titles in an outreach or programming capacity.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the concept and the purpose of Viewers’ Advisory Service
  • Identify the types of materials, and the various genres and formats, that fall within the scope of Viewers’ Advisory Service
  • Explain and demonstrate the advisory techniques involved

CONTENT:

  • Definition, and history of Viewers’ Advisory Service
  • Formats and categories of materials that are encountered in Viewers’ Advisory Service
  • The techniques of Viewers’ Advisory Service