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ILS Course Descriptions

ILS 100 – Introduction to Libraries and Library/Information Careers

An overview of the history and development of libraries and librarianship as a profession is presented, covering the philosophy, professional associations, state and national certification processes and career opportunities in the library and information fields. Additionally, current issues in librarianship will be explored. Contact with career mentors will be encouraged. CR 3
(Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer.)

ILS 101 – Foundations of Information and Library Services

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of library information science as they apply to library and other information agencies. Topics include information ethics, policies, information needs & seeking behaviors, technology, and the impact of information on cultures and societies. ILS 100. CR 3
(Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer.)

ILS 109 – Information Literacy

An introduction to the research process and methods for retrieving information from a library or through online sources.  This course will be a sequence of steps focusing on the following areas; a) getting started-developing a research question.  b) developing search strategies and techniques.  c) using electronic and print resources. d) evaluating information to best determine what meets research needs, and e) properly citing these sources. CR 1
(Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer.)

ILS 150 – Introduction to Reference Services & Materials

This course provides introductory knowledge and skills using general and specialized reference tools.  An introduction to basic database and online searching emphasizing regionally available resources is included.  Travel to cooperating libraries required for some assignments.  Prerequisite:  ILS 100, ILS 101, and ENG 101.  CR 3
(Offered: Fall and Spring.)

ILS 175 – Cataloging & Library Technical Processes

This course covers the cataloging and classification of book and non-book materials.  Instruction and practice are given in bibliographic searching and descriptive and subject cataloging, as well as an introduction to the processes of technical services departments in library information agencies.  Some trips to a local library are required.  Prerequisite: ILS 100 CR 3 (Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer.)

ILS 201 – Library Services for Teens

This course will teach the basics for servicing teens, age 12-18 in a public school library setting.  Topics covered include adolescent development, programming, collection development, dedicated space, youth participation, technology, and other aspects of library services for young adults.  The class will also read and discuss various books for a teen audience.  Prerequisite:  ILS 100 CR 3 (Offered: Fall and Spring.)

ILS 202 – Library Services for Children

This course will cover the how to select and evaluate materials for children from birth through age 12.  Students will learn about materials that meet children’s interest and needs at a variety of developmental stages.  Additionally, we will cover programming, collection development, the use of technology and other aspects of services and materials for children.  Attention is paid to methods for connecting children to materials and services available in modern libraries.  Prerequisite:  ILS 100 and ILS 109, which can be taken concurrently. (Offered: Spring.)

ILS 203 – Survey of Health Sciences Resources

This course is designed as a second-year course for students wishing to specialize in the area of health sciences information sources. Field trips required. Prerequisite: LIB 100 or permission of the Program Coordinator. CR 3
(Offered: Spring.)

ILS 205 – Reader’s Advisory

A readers’ advisory service guides patrons to fiction and non-fiction recreational reading. This course explores the readers’ advisory service, its origins, and current uses. Students will examine and evaluate major genre styles, authors, advisory reference tools, classification, and cataloging. Students will explore making RA services a vital part of the library through displays, programs, and aiding special populations. This course requires extensive reading and writing. CR 3. (Offered: Fall.)

ILS 225 – Introduction to Library Information Technology

This course will introduce the student to current library technologies and related issues. It includes an in-depth exploration of technology systems, policies, ethics, and practices as well as the importance of staying current with the latest trends in the information and library services field. Prerequisite: ILS 100 or permission of program coordinator. CR 3 (Offered: Fall and Summer.)

ILS 250 – Collection Development

This course examines how libraries build and maintain collections to meet user needs for libraries and information centers.  It also teaches practical skills for selecting information resources appropriate for given audiences.  Topics include the principles and practices for the selection of materials, needs assessment, collection evaluation, collection policies, producers of materials, government information, fiscal management, weeding, budgeting and censorship.   Prerequisite: ILS 100 or permission of program coordinator. CR 3 (Offered: Fall and Spring.)

ILS 299 – Library Assistant Practicum (80 hours)

The Library Assistant Practicum provides on-the-job experience under the supervision of professionally prepared librarians. Students, in collaboration with the Practicum Supervisor, will prepare a proposal for the practicum including approved learning objectives for the 80 hour work experience that will significantly advance the students’ learning. The Practicum will include an orientation to the library or organization, experience in one or more functional areas as appropriate to student interests, and specialized individual projects including a report for the Practicum Supervisor and the Program Coordinator. It is expected that the candidates will have successfully completed all the required program courses and had a practicum proposal approved prior to placement for the practicum. This course includes occasional seminars with other students and guest speakers. Limited to Degree and Certificate Candidates. CR 4 (Offered: Fall.)

ILS 306 – Librarian as Teacher

This course explores the teaching function of the school librarian in depth, by examining current trends of the librarian as teacher, and exploring appropriate teaching methods with regard to curriculum, instruction and assessment Student will develop and explore best methods for implementation of lesson and unit plans as well as collaborative theory with teachers. CR 3. (This course can be used as an LIB elective, please see your advisor for options.) (Offered: Summer.)

ILS 312 – Preservation and Archiving of Library Materials

An introductory course in evaluating and preserving print materials. Each student will have several conservation projects to work on over the semester. In addition to print materials preservation, this course covers preservation of technology-based materials. Prerequisite: ILS 101. CR 3 (Offered: Spring.)

ILS 325 – Digital Library Technology and Services

This course will explore the ever-changing nature of the services and issues in digital libraries and library technology applications. It includes an in-depth exploration of web-based services, social and physical networking, library automation and the development and implementation of technology plans. Prerequisite: ILS 225 or permission of the Program Coordinator. CR 3 (Offered: Spring.)

ILS 350 – Advanced Reference Services and Materials

This course will build upon the introductory reference class to cover reference materials and services for patrons. It includes an in-depth exploration of the role of teaching, information literacy and the research process, policies, building print and electronic collections, the reference interview, information seeking behavior, evaluation of reference services, outreach, marketing, the use of advanced web and social technologies, and reference space design. This course will also address current trends in reference services and discuss different means for staying current in the information and library services fields. Prerequisites ILS 150 and ILS 250. (Offered: Spring.)

ILS 365 – Web Page Design

This course includes theoretical and practical methods with hands-on applications in creating a web site for a specific library information agency or an approved alternate agency. Students will work semester long to design a web site through the use of HTML tagging and a web editing program. Basic web design principles as well as human computer interaction concepts will be discussed. This course also includes an in-depth exploration of usability issues, evaluation techniques, policies and procedures, web site maintenance, presentation of information for the web and different approaches for evaluating online content.  Prerequisites: CIS 100 and ILS 150. (Offered: Fall and Summer.)

ILS 385 – Creating Marketing Materials for Library Information Agencies

Through a hands-on approach, this three-credit course explores many production platforms for creating educational and promotional materials in library and information centers. This methods course also explores the role of production with a focus on theoretical, pedagogical and technological considerations. Students will be required to creatively engage with a range of applications from the traditional (bulletin boards, posters and mailers), to
social technologies (wiki, media and blogs). Portfolio-quality projects will be generated. CR 3 (Offered: Fall.)

ILS 441 – Information Brokering and other Entrepreneurial options for Library/Media Professionals

This course explores the creative side of the library career market, utilizing the new technologies that are available to library professionals in order to make careers in the free enterprise system possible. Establishing a business plan and learning how to market oneself in the information age will be part of the class. Each student will create a business plan that shows how to merge the information age with the business community. (Students interested in this as a career option will be encouraged to take small business courses for their electives.) Prerequisite: ILS 150. CR 3
(Offered: Summer.)

ILS 442 – Library Management

Supervising staff, managing budgets, reporting to boards, public relations, promoting services, ADA regulations and managing all of the technologies in today’s library comprise the course content. Prerequisite: ILS 250. CR 3
(Offered: Fall.)

ILS 450 – Global Librarianship

This course will prepare students about the importance of a global approach to library services whether locally or in the larger international community. Global library educational programs, volunteerism and other opportunities will be explored in depth. Additionally, the course will study various organizations, foundations and initiatives supporting access to information resources in developing countries and those populations considered a part of the ‘Digital Divide.’ The student will be expected to prepare a well-researched and documented case study of library services, practices and issues from a selected country as a culmination to the course. Prerequisite: ENG 101, all 100 & 200 level ILS classes or permission of the instructor.
(Offered: Fall.)

ILS 499 – Advanced Research or Internship

The library practicum (120 hours onsite) is designed to provide on-the-job experience under the supervision of a professional librarian in a library or other information agency setting. This course will allow students to utilize the skills, knowledge, and library-related values acquired during their course of study leading to the bachelor’s degree. If students have taken ILS 299, OR they have more than 10 years full-time experience in a library* they can request an alternate project (an original research or a hybrid research/internship project). Students who have never worked in a library or have not taken ILS 299, must opt for the practicum option.  Prerequisites:  senior standing in the ILS program. 6 credits.

* For this option students may need to submit a resume documenting work experience, and/or a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or acceptable peer in the lLS field who can attest to your abilities, knowledge and skills as it pertains to libraries.
(Offered: Fall & Spring)

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