Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ED 113
Course Title:
Introduction to Library and Information Services
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Course Description

Introduces the philosophical foundations of libraries and information services. Provides an overview of the history of libraries, different types of libraries, the roles of library staff, and the evolving purpose, function, and services of libraries within a community. Explores library ethics, values, advocacy, and governance. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121. Prerequisites/concurrent: LIB 101.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, student should be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of libraries and their current purpose in today's society.
  2. Identify and describe different types of libraries and their functions.
  3. Define the roles of library staff and explain how they contribute to different library services, such as reference, access, and acquisitions in order to choose a career pathway.
  4. Explain how different professional library associations support libraries and library staff.
  5. Explain how different library organizations are governed and funded.
  6. Articulate, promote, and advocate for the ethical principles and values of libraries, including the Library Bill of Rights and the ALA Code of Ethics, freedom of information, confidentiality of library records, and privacy issues.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Active exploration of different types of libraries, library associations, and library staff roles through observation, reflection, and analysis.
  2. Create a library€™s mission statement.
  3. Write an argument for the purpose of libraries in today€™s society.
  4. Identify library jobs and the skills needed to work in those jobs.
  5. Interactive class discussions.
  6. Individual and group activities, projects, and presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various aspects of library and information services through class discussions, activities, projects, and presentations.
  2. Actively participate in class discussions.
  3. Actively collaborate with others to complete group activities, projects, and presentations.
  4. Complete class activities, projects, and presentations on time.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. History, purpose, and advocacy of libraries.
  2. Types of libraries, library staff roles, and library associations.
  3. The governance and funding models of libraries.
  4. Ethical principles and values of libraries.