IST 511: Introduction to the Library and Information Profession

This course provides an introductory look into the principles, values, and practices that are the foundation of the profession. Students will explore the rapidly evolving librarianship field and be introduced to established structures and practices as well as future directions of the field. The course also focuses on the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues that affect information service professionals and organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply leadership skills of visioning, entrepreneurship, advocacy, planning, and management.
  • Manage information resources and the information life cycle.
  • Apply appropriate pedagogical and learning theories.
  • Design and employ policies essential for information services and resources.
  • Collaborate with a diverse community to advocate for and construct inclusive, meaningful, and participatory library services, programs, and resources.
  • Perform and assess research-based applied practices.

Tools and Concepts:

  • Library catalog, print resources, and commercial databases
  • Oral and written communication methods
  • Library and information science vocabulary
  • Process of professional networking
  • Issues and goals of different library types

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