Information and Library Services

Here’s an outstanding program you can complete from anywhere. Providing a foundation in computer information systems, public service programming, reference and database searching, library technical processes, and more, you’ll be poised for success within the field of library and information services. Related opportunities abound in business, public service, education, and communications.

Degree Offered: B.S. and A.S.
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Information and Library Services

ILS 100 – Introduction to Libraries and Library/Information Careers

This orientation seminar must be taken before other LIB courses or as a first course with another ILS course. 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. Contact with career mentors will be encouraged. CR 2
(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

This one credit course is an exploration of the research possibilities using the Internet. Students will be instructed in the use of search engines and 'trees' within the Internet. Evaluation criteria will be presented and students will utilize these criteria in choosing appropriate websites and links to information in creating a bibliography on a chosen topic. CR 1
(Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer.)

ILS 150 – Basic Reference and Database Searching

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. CR 3
(Offered: Fall and Spring.)

ILS 175 – Cataloging & Library Technical Processes

The acquisition, cataloging, and processing of book and non-book materials are covered. Instruction and practice are given in bibliographic searching, order procedures, and descriptive and subject cataloging. Field trips required. Prerequisite: ILS 100. CR 3
(Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer.)

ILS 201 – Library Services for Teens

This course will focus on the following issues: What and why do teens like to read? What are great books for teens? How can libraries connect teens to a variety of popular as well as quality materials? Discussions will include materials in print and non-print formats including books, magazines, CD-ROMs, and WEB sites. Note: This course does not satisfy Literature or Humanities requirements for UMA programs. Prerequisite: ILS 100. CR 3
(Offered: Fall and Spring.)

ILS 202 – Library Materials for Children

How to select and evaluate materials for children from birth through age 12. Students will learn what children like to read at a variety of developmental stages. Attention is paid to materials in both print and non-print formats including books, magazines, audiobooks, CD-ROMs, and WEBsites. Attention will be paid to methods for connecting children to materials available in a library. Note: This course does not satisfy Literature or Humanities requirements for UMA programs. Prerequisite: ILS 100. CR 3
(Offered: Fall and 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 204– Survey of Business Resources

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

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. CR 3
(Offered: Fall and Summer.)

ILS 250 – Collection Development

This course examines how libraries build and maintain collections. Focuses on selection of materials, collection evaluation, collection policies, producers of material, weeding, budgeting and censorship. Prerequisite: ILS 100. 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. (New Course Offering! 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

The course concentrates on the utilization of advanced reference sources in both print and electronic mediums. Learning the process of teaching library skills using all formats from print to the latest technology will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ILS150. CR 3
(Offered: Spring.)

ILS 365 – Web Page Design

This course includes theoretical and practical methods with hands-on applications in creating a home page for a specific library. Principles of graphic design with proper layout procedures will be discussed. Creating links to quality websites will be part of each student's project. Prerequisite: ILS 225. CR 3
(Offered: Fall and Summer.)

ILS 385 – Media and Local Production

Learning how to produce educational and promotional materials with a hands-on approach provides the focus for this course. This lab course will require students to creatively produce bulletin boards, flyers, posters, video programs, audio programs and other locally produced materials. Prerequisite: ILS 150. 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 499 – Advanced Research or Internship

The course requirements are either extensive research on an approved topic or an internship at a selected library. Either project should be related to the student's career goal. Prerequisite: Senior standing. CR 6
(Offered: Fall & Spring)