Public Library Seminar: Spring 2015

Instructor:

John Carlo Bertot

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2015

Description:

This course is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in public library service or who have an interest in the role and contribution of the public library to society. The course focuses on the history of the public library in the United States, the social contributions of public libraries, public library services and roles, the building of the public library profession/professionals, the ethics and values of public libraries, the policy and political context in which public libraries reside, and the ways in which public libraries transform communities.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/plseminarspring2015syllabus24january2015_0_0.pdf

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Public Libraries: Spring 2013

Instructor:

Geoffrey Kirkpatrick

School:

University at Albany

Semester:

Spring 2013

Description:

This course focuses on current issues, practices and trends in public library organizations, planning, and service delivery. Topics include levels of governance in public libraries; the role of state charters, systems, and trustees; public, technical and administrative services; and professional development, including career paths, continuing education, and compensation.

Required Textbook:

McCook, K. De la Pena. 2011. Introduction to public librarianship, 2nd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.albany.edu/informationstudies/files/SP13_IST618_Kirkpatrick.pdf

Public Libraries And Advocacy: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Steve DelVecchio

School:

University of Washington

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

Public libraries provide a wide range of services and support those services with various of funding and governance models.

One thing that all public libraries have in common, especially in the United States where the funding is almost entirely both public and local, is the need for public library supporters and patrons to advocate for public library services and the resources needed to support those services. Unlike public schools and many other public services, public libraries are for the most part not mandated or supported fully in federal, state or local law.

We will explore public library advocacy by looking at the history, need and purpose of advocacy. We will also explore examples of advocacy efforts, as well as the structure, tools and techniques used to support those efforts. Underlying all of this we will keep in mind the need to fully understand the mission and role of the public library in the particular community it serves.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/898147/assignments/syllabus

Public Libraries: Fall 2011

Instructor:

Arlene Bielefield

School:

Southern Connecticut

Semester:

Fall 2011

Description:

Organization, administration, and services of municipal, county, and regional libraries. Basic developments and trends are considered. The role of public libraries as educational institutions is examined.

Required Textbook:

Prentice, A. E. 2011. Public Libraries in the 21st Century.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.southernct.edu/ils/uploads/textWidget/wysiwyg/documents/ILS_561-S70-Syllabus-Fall_2011-Bielefield_Arlene.doc

Advanced Seminar in Public Libraries: Spring 2012

Instructor:

Wallace Koehler

School:

Valdosta State University

Semester:

Spring 2012

Description:

This course is designed as a seminar. Discussions are an integral part of the process. A set of general discussion issues is provided below. As is often the case, there is more than one perspective for each subject area. Our purpose is to explore those perspectives, weigh them, and assess them within the general context of
libraries and community building.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/master-of-library-and-information-science/documents/new-mlis/mlis7999spring2012.pdf