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Technical Information Services (LIBT 1200)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course surveys all aspects of library and information agency technical services, including acquisitions, serials management, resource description and access, government documents management, collection maintenance, automation systems, and basic budget management. You will explore the philosophy, policies, and procedures of each service area and how they interrelate.

Topical Outline:
1. History and Organization of Technical Services
2. The Role of Paraprofessionals in Technical Services
3. The Use and Functions of Computers and Automated Library Systems
4. The Role of Bibliographic Utilities and Networks
5. The Acquisitions Process
6. Bibliographic Control (Cataloging and Classification)

Learning Outcomes:
1. Recognize the role of technical services in the operations of a library or information agency
2. Describe the functions of and interrelationships between: acquisitions, cataloging and classification, serials management, government documents management, material repair and preservation, and budget management
3. Discuss the role and function of bibliographic utilities and networks in relationship to the technical services functions of a library or information agency
4. Demonstrate how computers and automated systems perform technical services operations
5. Apply course knowledge and technical skills to solve simple problems in acquisitions and bibliogprahic control
6. Create a final project that demonstrates an understanding of a technical services function, process or theoretical underpinning

Prerequisites:  Placement into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900 or ESOL 0051 or LIBT Instructor Approval
Co-requisites:  Recommended LIBT 1100, LIBT 1300, and LIBT 1410