Academics

LIB 110 INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARIES IN THE INFORMATION AGE

3 Credit Hours (OC)
Introduction to the history, purpose, organization, and services of libraries focusing on the role of the Library Technical Assistant. Explores different types of libraries in the information industry. Identifies job opportunities in the field.


LIB 111 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH

1 Credit Hours (TC)
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 MULTIMEDIA SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT IN LIBRARIES TODAY

2 Credit Hours (OC)
Basic operation, evaluation, selection and use of media, hardware, and software. This course also includes an introduction to Internet services, enriched media, and desktop applications. Emphasis on hands-on experience and creation of a media portfolio.


LIB 116 ACQUISITION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
Introduces the Library Technical Assistant to the process of how to acquire materials, both print and non-print, from the decision to obtain them to the time they are ready to be cataloged. Automation processes and techniques are incorporated. Topics covered include bibliographic search tools, ordering, receiving and accounting procedures, selection policy, copyright, and automation.


LIB 120 INTRODUCTION TO CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course introduces students to current practices in cataloging and classification of library materials. Emphasis is placed on the role of Library Technical Assistant (LTA) in descriptive and subject cataloging and the processing of print and non-print materials. Students will learn about the organization of information resources in print and non-print formats. Includes the philosophy, tools, and techniques for preforming cataloging.


LIB 125 CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: LIB 125 with a grade of "C" or better


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

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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 INTRODUCTION TO REFERENCE AND INFORMATION SERVICES

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course teaches the basic tools needed to answer directional and ready reference questions, the criteria for source 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 Internet browsers. Print and electronic resources, reference interview techniques and virtual reference services are also discussed. To prepare for employment, students gain experience in using these materials to answer reference questions.


LIB 222 SPECIAL TOPICS FOR LIBRARY TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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 225 ELECTRONIC RESOURCES AND ONLINE SEARCHING

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course introduces students to essential electronic information sources (library catalogs, digital libraries, academic or gated databases, government resources, and the Internet) used in a variety of library environments, along with the online searching skills needed for effective use. The course emphasizes hands-on training with resources, Boolean logic and other search strategies, copyright issues regarding digital information, retrieving, evaluating and citing information.


LIB 231 SERVING THE PUBLIC IN TODAYS LIBRARIES

3 Credit Hours (OC)
Emphasizes the role of Library Technical Assistants (LTA) in serving the public. Topics include programming, creating displays, basic circulation desk duties, security, shelf-maintenance, interlibrary loan activities, registering and effective interactions with patrons. Automated and online systems are emphasized.


LIB 250 LIBRARY PRACTICUM

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Completion of required Library Technology courses or department approval