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LIBR 178 - Technical Services & Cataloging for Small

5 Credits
Introduction to technical services activities procedures, tools and systems in small libraries. Areas examined include ordering, receiving, processing, basic cataloging and preserving library materials in a variety of formats. Emphasis on customer-centered technical service practices; efficient management of materials requests; managing acquisitions and cataloging tools budgets; and using print and electronic tools for all aspects of technical services. Provides background for further studies in collection development, acquisitions, cataloging and preservation.


Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Online

Designed to Serve Students in the Library & Information Services program and those working toward their School Library Media Endorsement; as well as current library employees wanting to increase their knowledge of technical services with an emphasis in small 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
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
1) Technical Services history and overview. 2) Acquisitions: introduction; the publishing world; funding and gifts; vendors; licensing; management and principles. 3) Cataloging: introduction to MARC; authority control; copy cataloging; original cataloging; common policies and issues including quality/quantity and electronic resources. 4) Processing. 5) System Administration of online catalogs and databases. 6) Public Services from the Technical Services point of view. 7) Outsourcing technical services activities. 8) Technical Services organization, management and future trends.

Student Learning Outcomes
Identify the scope of technical services functions.

Demonstrate the ability to recognize common techniques and methods of technical services operations and organization.

Demonstrate awareness of current trends, issues, and problems in technical services and consider viable solutions to them.

Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of and adhere to standards for descriptive cataloging and subject analysis, with an emphasis on copy cataloging.

Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and principles related to authority control.

Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and principles related used in subject analysis, with a special emphasis on Library of Congress Subject Headings and Library of Congress Classification.

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