L524/6942 Information Sources and Services
Wednesday 5:45 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Emily Okada Office: Undergraduate Library
E-mail: email@example.com Main Library W121
Phone: 855-9857 Ask at Reference Desk
Hours by Appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION “This course introduces students to the basic information sources and services among different types of libraries and information centers, including academic, public special and school media.” (from SLIS website: http://www.slis.lib.indiana.edu/ accessed 8/28/99)
COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of L524 students should
Be able to comprehend and discuss reference services and issues holistically within the context of all types of library and information center settings;
Be able to analyze and respond to different types of information needs accurately and efficiently;
Be familiar with theories re: communication styles and understand and apply techniques of question negotiation in diverse reference settings;
Use, describe, evaluate and compare general types of information sources in both print and electronic formats;
Be able to develop and apply appropriate search strategies for information retrieval.
If you have any special needs due to disability of any kind, please meet with the instructor before the second class session to discuss accommodations.
URL for L524/6942 Homepage:
L524 section 6942
Changes and adjustments may be made!
Readings will be added!
Any changes and additions will be announced in class and via e-mail.
1. Sept 1 Introduction - Orientation
Sept 6 Due: e-mail student information sheet
2. Sept 8 Organization
3. Sept 15 “Information”
Libraries and Information
Due: Reference Worksheet 1
4. Sept 22 Communication
Question Negotiation / The Reference Interview
In-Class: Practicum 1
5. Sept 29 Reference Services
Reference Standards & Ethics
Freedom of Information issues
Due: Reference Worksheet 2
6. Oct 6 Periodicals & Periodical Indexes
Due: All Database Worksheets
7. Oct 13 Information Literacy
Due: Reference Worksheet 3
8. Oct 20 Bibliographic Instruction
In-Class: Practicum 2
9. Oct 27 Internet / World Wide Web
Due: Reference Worksheet 4
10. Nov 3 Information from the Government
11. Nov 10 Business Information
Due: Web Evaluation Assignment
12. Nov 17 Electronic Dilemmas & Possibilities!
Due: Reference Worksheet 5
13. Dec 1 TBA
In-Class: Practicum 3
14. Dec 8 The Future Reference Librarian, The Future Library
Due: Readings Journal Project
Dec 17 Due: Observation Assignment
What’s Due When?
E-mail student information sheet
Reference Worksheet 1
In-Class Practicum 1
Reference Worksheet 2
All Database Worksheets
Reference Worksheet 3
In-Class Practicum 2
Reference Worksheet 4
Web Evaluation Assignment
Reference Worksheet 5
In-Class Practicum 3
Readings Journal Project
Written (essay-type) assignments or exercises should be approximately 5 pages typed or word processed, double spaced. Use paperclips, do NOT staple!
Late assignments will be penalized as follows:
up to 24 hours late - 2 points will be subtracted
more than 24 hours late - 5 points will be subtracted
Incompletes will not be given except in extreme, truly exceptional circumstances.
3 Timed Practicums 15%
5 Reference Worksheets 20%
4 Database Worksheets 10%
Readings Journal Project 20%
Observation Assignment 20%
Web Eval. Assignment 10%
97-100% A Outstanding achievement
Student Performance demonstrates full command of the course materials and evinces a high level of originality and/or creativity that far surpasses course expectations
90-96% A- Excellent achievement
Student performance demonstrates thorough knowledge of the course materials and exceeds course expectations by completing all requirements in a superior manner.
88-89% B+ Very good work
Student performance demonstrates above-average comprehension of the course materials and exceeds course expectations on all tasks as defined in the course syllabus.
84-87% B Good work
Student performance meets designated course expectations, demonstrates understanding of the course materials and performs at an acceptable level.
80-83% B- Marginal work
Student performance demonstrates incomplete understanding of course materials.
78-79% C+ Unsatisfactory work
74-77% C Unsatisfactory work
Student performance demonstrates incomplete and inadequate understanding of course materials.
70-73% C- Unacceptable work
68-69% D+ Unacceptable work
64-67% D Unacceptable work
60-67% D- Unacceptable work
Coursework performed at this level will not count toward the MLS or MIS degree. For the course to count toward the degree the student must repeat the course with a passing grade.
59% & below F Failing
Student may continue in program only with permission of the Dean