To introduce students to special libraries and information services, including: information needs, collection development, services, budgeting, marketing, and management. Students will examine the literature, design a specific library, and write a consulting report in order to gain a general knowledge and practise the skills needed in running special libraries
Corequisites: MLIS 9005
Program Content Areas
Managing and Working in Information Organizations
- To analyze the characteristics of special library and information centre communities.
- To develop an understanding of the diversity of special libraries and information centres
- To appreciate the unique problems facing special libraries in terms of their goals, users, collections, ad financing
- To examine the materials and range of services in special libraries and the means of identifying user needs in unique settings.
- To provide experience in planning special libraries and information centres
- To provide experience in presenting advisory information graphically and written
Relationship to the Goals and Objectives of the MLIS Program
Students who complete this course will be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness of professional values and standards in managing special libraries and information centres (Goal 2, Obj. a);
- identify and select and provide access to information of value to users of special libraries and information centres (Goal 2, Obj. g);
- identify needs of users of special libraries and information centres and develop collections to meet these needs (Goal 2, Obj. h);
- communicate and work cooperatively and effectively with others in special library settings, including users, colleagues, and employers (Goal 2, Obj. j);
- apply contemporary management principles in special libraries/information centres (Goal 2, Obj. f).
Goals and Objectives of the MLIS Program