Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ED 235
Course Title:
Library Technology II
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Course Description

Continues the study of technologies used within a library. Emphasizes online tools, such as library databases, Internet search tools, social networking tools, library websites, and other media. Prerequisites: ED 134.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the basic architecture of online search tools, such as search engines and library databases.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of social media and web tools for library purposes. 
  3. Design and develop a library-related website that includes multi-media resources and follows universal design principles.
  4. Describe how libraries use web-based applications and tools to serve library patrons and streamline library processes.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Analyze basic database structures and search engine functions.
  2. Use and develop social media tools for the library, such as blogs, wikis, twitter, facebook, etc.
  3. Exploration of e-books, RFID, virtual services, cloud computing,and more.
  4. Interactive class discussions.
  5. Individual and group activities, projects, and presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various aspects of library technologies, such as basic database and search engine structures and function, social media, and web-based tools 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. Database structures and search engine functionality
  2. Social media in libraries
  3. Online tools and resources used in libraries.