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LIB 110: INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARIES

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is an introduction to the history, purpose, organization, and services of libraries, focusing on the role of the library technical assistant. It gives an in-depth view of different types of libraries and identifies job opportunities in the field.

LIB 111: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH

1 hr. (TC)

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This course provides instruction in the foundational skills for quality research in any academic or real world venue. As well as instructing students on how to use the Illinois Central College Library, this course will focus on the fundamental skills the information fluent person should know such as how to rephrase a question for best results, how to determine quality results, how to avoid plagiarism and copyright issues, and how to best utilize the open world wide web for research purposes.

LIB 114: AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT OPERATION

2 hrs. (OC)

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This course stresses practical experience in operating traditional and current AV equipment to deliver effective, comprehensive service support. Emphasis on equipment operation will also include introduction to Internet services, enriched media, and desktop applications.

LIB 125: CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is designed to introduce the student to current practices in cataloging and classification of library materials, both print and non-print. A practical study is made of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Dewey Decimal Classification, and Sears Subject Headings. Emphasis is placed on cataloging decisions for the online environment and shared cataloging.

LIB 127: MARC RECORD AND TECHNICAL PROCESSING

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: LIB 125 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is designed to enable the student to use bibliographic utilities for copy cataloging, to apply machine readable catalog (MARC) coding to cataloging records, and to be able to process and maintain library materials.

LIB 200: INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN'S/YOUTH SERVICES IN LIBRARIES

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course introduces students to the types of youth services offered in public and school libraries for children from birth through 12th grade. The course will examine the skill sets needed for planning, executing, and analyzing youth services in light of current practices and challenges. Topics include programming, censorship, reader's advisory, reference, storytelling, and the role of the Library Technical Assistant.

LIB 210: REFERENCE

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course teaches the student the criteria for evaluation and the methods of use for basic information sources, both print and electronic. Topics covered include reference interviewing, search strategy, choice of source material, Boolean searching, and World Wide Web browsers. Students gain experience in using these materials to answer reference questions.

LIB 216: INTRODUCTION TO COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is designed to introduce the student to library collection development, focusing on the acquisition of materials, both book and non-book. Topics covered include bibliographic search tools, ordering, receiving and accounting procedures, selection policy, policy development, copyright, and automated acquisitions.

LIB 222: SPECIAL TOPICS FOR LIBRARY TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS

1 hr. (OC)

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This course will cover various issues of concern to Library Technical Assistants. The content of these courses will cover a variety of topics in-depth. This course is repeatable if the topic and content are different. Special topics that will be taught include: (1) introduction to multi-type libraries (health, law, business, and school libraries), (2) library management (covering fundraising, marketing, e-rate, budgeting, scheduling, supervising, hiring and firing staff, and building maintenance), (3) special collections and archives (topics discussed would include managing special collections, working with archival materials, preservation of materials, and book repair), and (4) electronic resource management (the management of electronic resources, selection and de-selection of materials, dealing with vendors, maintaining statistics, and record keeping). This course is repeatable up to three times.

LIB 231: INTRODUCTION TO PATRON SERVICES

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the operations of library public services departments. Emphasis will be on library organization and policies, circulation, interlibrary loan, security, collection management, information services, and public relations and programs.

LIB 250: LIBRARY PRACTICUM

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Completion of required Library Technology courses or department approval

This course provides supervised work experience in a public, academic, special or school library. Emphasis is on applying knowledge gained in course work to practical on-the-job situations. The student has training in various aspects of librarianship in order to increase knowledge and practical experience.