Library Technology

Degrees and Certificates


LIB101W: Foundations in Library Service

Foundations in Library Service introduces library public-services operations. It introduces student to multiple library types and explains the services they provide. The course explores general customer-service techniques and the degree to which physical space impacts service, emphasizing public relations, problem solving, communication skills, and library policies and procedures. It also introduces programming and program design.

LIB104W: Introduction to Technical Services

Introduction to Technical Services introduces students to the elements of technical services with print and non-print items, including selection, acquisitions, assessment, preservation, review sources, and collection development and management. The course also examines current trends and issues as they relate to these services.

LIB108W: Introduction to Reference and Information Sources

Introduction to Reference and Information Sources introduces the various print and digital-information sources commonly used in libraries. Students learn how to conduct a reference interview to determine the information needs of a patron. They learn basic skills for selecting and using specialized information sources. Upon successful completion of the course, students can determine patron needs and can use a variety of sources to answer questions. Students also recognize the reference professional's vital community role in connecting library users to outside resources and organizations.

LIB111W: Technology and Media in Libraries

Technology and Media in Libraries introduces students to a variety of digital-media forms used in the library and information-service fields. Students explore current web and multimedia tools, focusing on issues, trends, and current uses of technology and media.

LIB114W: Library Internship

Library Internship gives students hands-on, real-world experience in a library of their choosing. Students must complete ninety hours in the field. The student, employer, and instructor determine by consensus the library competencies.

LIB116W: Introduction to Cataloging and Classification

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.

LIB118W: The Dynamics of Rural and Small-Town Libraries

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.