Course Description 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
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).