Degrees and Certificates
Introduction to Cataloging and Classification introduces the systems of information organization and retrieval. Topics include the organization of print and non-print collections, RDA and MARC records, the Dewey Decimal Classification, the Library of Congress Classification, and the Library of Congress and Sears Subject Headings. The course also covers trends in technology and library automation systems and their management.
The Dynamics of Rural and Small-Town Libraries examines the dynamics of libraries in rural and small-town communities. These communities face barriers to effective library services, including staffing, healthcare, resource sharing, community engagement, technological infrastructure, postsecondary educational opportunities, and state and local funding. For their culminating research project, students conduct a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) of a library and its community. Leading up to this project, students engage in activities related to it: e.g., writing reflection papers, reading scholarly and other sources, participating in online discussions, and the like.