INFM – Library & Information Technology
Libraries in the Information Age
This course introduces students to the role of libraries in a modern information society. Major topics include: the information cycle; the organization, services, and evolving issues of libraries and information centers in the digital age; and an overview of the role of information professions.
Acquisition and Management of Collections
This course covers the principles, policies and procedures for developing and managing collections. Students develop skills for the collection development process such as review, selection, verification, acquisition, evaluation and receiving procedures for print and non-print material. The management of acquisitions budgets, examination of the organization and function of the technical services department, and current resource sharing models and methods of electronic collection development are covered.
Information Services I
This course introduces students to the principles of public service in libraries. Students investigate the philosophy, issues, and practices of library reference services. Students acquire knowledge of traditional and emerging reference practices, and apply electronic search skills to effectively respond to customer queries.
Organization of Information I
This course introduces students to the theory and principles of information organization. It examines in detail the Resource Description Access (RDA) and Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules for describing information materials in a variety of formats. Also covered is an introduction to the classification of materials using the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes and Library of Congress Subject Headings lists. Included is the encoding of catalogue records using the MARC standard.
Information Services II
This advanced level reference course introduces students to the principles and practices of database searching, reference materials in specialized collections, instructional techniques, and social media trends in libraries. Students will examine the structure and philosophy of academic and special libraries, focusing on resources for specific subjects and special clientele.
Prerequisites: INFM 152.
Organization of Information II
This course covers subject analysis of materials by applying the principles and practices of classification using the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes, and Library of Congress Subject Headings. Also included is an introduction to metadata for digital resources, and standards associated with the semantic web.
Prerequisites: INFM 155.
Library Services for Children and Young Adults
This course introduces the learner to children’s and young adult literature; its history, the various forms, and evaluative techniques employed in selecting literature for these age groups. Students learn to design and deliver library programs for children and young adults including storytelling, booktalks, and makerspaces.
Students are introduced to the concepts and elements of records and information management. The course includes an introduction to records management systems; information life cycle, project management in information management, classification, retention and disposition, protection of sensitive and vital records, forms content and management, policy development and review, access and privacy legislation.
Information and Society
This course examines the larger context of the library within the community and in society, and the role of library staff within that environment.
Archival Principles and Practices
Students are introduced to the theory and practice of archival science, including acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description and reference services and the role of the archival technician. Students also study best practices in preservation and conservation, outreach, security, digitization and digital preservation.
Prerequisites: INFM 209.
Information Systems Design
Students are introduced to systems analysis and design in the information environment. Topics include identifying and defining problems, the role of the human element in systems analysis and design, system selection, testing, implementation, user interface design, the current state of the systems marketplace, open source alternatives to proprietary system solutions, and evaluating system performance and vendor support.
Information Services Management
Students study and examine the governance of libraries, including core values of the library profession, the mission and vision statements, the strategic planning process, and policy development. Change management and project management techniques and principles are used to illuminate key trends affecting libraries and library service. Leadership styles, supervision, budgets, and customer service are covered. Several human resource components are practiced including job posting and job description writing, interviewing skills, and performance management cycle.
Students gain first-hand on-the-job experience through supervised workplace learning in a library setting. Prior to field placement, students develop a list of objectives and attend seminars to prepare for a library or records management workplace environment. Employers and recent graduates offer an insider’s view of expectations in the workplace and how to have a successful workplace learning experience.