Course Description


LIS 9630   Academic Libraries

Course Description
Academic libraries in institutions of higher learning. Strategic issues and trends, including scholarly communication; publishing, funding and access models; and evolving technologies. User populations, their needs and information-seeking behaviour. Impact of digital resources on collections, access, services and instruction. The academic librarian as information specialist, educator; scholar and leader.

0.5 course



Program Content Areas
Managing and Working in Information Organizations

Course Objectives
  1. To explore strategic issues, trends, challenges and opportunities for the academic library of today and tomorrow.
  2. To consider the institutional setting and the needs of various user populations within the academic community.
  3. To examine the role of the academic librarian as an information specialist, scholar, educator and leader.

Relationship to the Goals and Objectives of the MLIS Program

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  1. respond to change in an open and flexible way, based on a thorough understanding of the academic environment and culture (from Goal 2, Obj. 1b);
  2. identify the needs of users within the academic community and develop appropriate collections and services to meet these needs (from Goal 2, Obj. 1h);
  3. employ relevant technologies within academic libraries (from Goal 2, Obj. 1i);
  4. communicate and work cooperatively and effectively with users, colleagues, employers and other members of the academic community (from Goal 2, Obj. 1j);
  5. apply contemporary management principles to the academic library setting (from Goal 2, Obj. 1f).
Goals and Objectives of the MLIS Program

Sample Content (for information only)

Association of College and Research Libraries.  (2010). Value of Academic Libraries:  A Comprehensive Research Review and Report. http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/

Association of Research Libraries. (2010).  The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries.  http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/arl-2030-scenarios-users-guide.pdf

Council on Library and Information Resources. (2008). No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century.  http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub142/pub142.pdf

ITHAKA.  (2010). Faculty Survey 2009:  Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies.   http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/faculty-surveys-2000-2009/faculty-survey-2009


Sample Readings

Association of College and Research Libraries.  (2010). Value of Academic Libraries:  A Comprehensive Research Review and Report. http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/

Association of Research Libraries. (2010).  The ARL 2030 Scenarios: A User’s Guide for Research Libraries.  http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/arl-2030-scenarios-users-guide.pdf

Council on Library and Information Resources. (2008). No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century.  http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub142/pub142.pdf

ITHAKA.  (2010). Faculty Survey 2009:  Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies.   http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/faculty-surveys-2000-2009/faculty-survey-2009