Sep 22, 2023
LIBR 160 - Computers in Libraries5 Credits
Introduction to existing and emerging library-related technologies with a focus on effective use of catalogs, databases, the Internet, integrated library systems, library Websites, accessing and downloading various formats electronically, troubleshooting and assisting patrons. Attention is paid to the role that computers play in libraries and their impact, as well as electronic communication, security, assistive technology, working in networked environments, hardware and software and developing technology fluency. Students will also learn to transfer from situation to situation, adapting to new technologies as they emerge.
Quarters Typically Offered
Designed to Serve Students in the Library & Information Services program, Practitioner track and those working toward their School Library Media Endorsement; library staff wanting additional knowledge of computer technologies in libraries.
Active Date 2014-04-24
Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Field Studies 0 Clinical 0 Independent Studies 0
Total Contact Hours 55
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
1. History & Computer Basics
2. Networks & Internet
3. Search Strategies for Library Databases
4. Web searching
5. Exploring E-Books
6. Integrated Library Systems
7. Patron Technology Needs, Library 2.0 and the Future
8. Security, Privacy, and Access Issues
Student Learning Outcomes
Explain how computers and other technologies are integrated into library services and processes, including library systems software.
Describe the role and responsibility of libraries for introducing relevant technologies, including assistive technology, to the public.
Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, evaluating, learning, and adapting to new technology.
Demonstrate the ability to effectively search and retrieve information from online library resources.
Demonstrate proficiency in downloading electronic media, including software, to multiple platforms and devices.
Effectively assist and train patrons with library hardware and software.
Explain basic computer and networking concepts.
Demonstrate the ability to apply social, ethical, and legal principles as they pertain to the use of computers and other technologies in libraries.
Perform basic computer troubleshooting.
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