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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course IdCourse Title (currently sorted in Descending order) Course Description
LS 546
Virtual Information Services
This course provides an overview of the design and delivery of library services and library instruction to students and patrons at a distance. The course covers the methods and technologies used to deliver distance education and focuses on how the l,ibrary can be integrated into the delivery of courses offered in a variety of formats: services for remote users of other types of libraries are also considered. Pre-req. LS 500|
LS 420
Student Tch Sem
Students meet and discuss practical and applicable issues as they occur and relate to their field experiences. Concurrent with student teaching.|
LS 455
Special Topics
In-depth discussion, study, and research of a selected topic related to the role of the library in responding to social issues, service to special groups, or problem areas such as media and minorities, OCLC on-line bibliographic control, and media pr,ograms for the gifted. (Not creditable toward library science certification.) On demand.|
LS 576
Special Topics
In-depth discussion, study, and research of a topic related to the role of the library in responding to social issues, service to special groups, or problem areas. The following represent typical offerings: (1) Bibliotherapy; (2) Microcomputers in Li,braries; (3) Library Services for the Gifted; (4) Media and Minorities; (5) Oral History; (6) Connectivity: Understanding the Information Infrastructure. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward graduation.|
LS 536
Spec Coll Repres & Rec Mgmt
Course introduces students to detailed representation of special and local collections in library settings. Students will examine competing methods for representing such collections, including MARC, EAD, archival software, and local controlled vocab,ularies. Management and retention of electronic records will be covered. Students will produce a sample finding aid or other representation. Pre-requisite: LS 535.|
LS 258
Select Lib Materials
Provides familiarity with basic bibliographical tools, including current reviewing media and traditional and electronic publishing. Examines policies and criteria for the selection of and evaluation of book and nonbook resources. Biennially.|
LS 537
Scholarly & Pro Publishing
This course will center on the topic of scholarly and professional communication and publishing. It involves the study of the traditional nature for communicating research and information and examines the recent trends concerning this practice. Dif,ferent ways for the dissemination of research and information and open access initiatives by publishers, university presses, and scholarly and professional organizations will be examined. The library's role in fostering this process is emphasized.,Summer, biennial.|
LS 558
Resources in the Humanities
Surveys the print and electronic information sources typically found in humanities collections, including areas of art, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. Examines the various ways users access this information and the associated services,provided by libraries and information centers. Prerequisite: LS 500.|
LS 557
Resource in the Social Science
Surveys the print and electronic information sources typically found in social science collections, including areas of anthropology, business, economics, education, geography, history, political science, and psychology. Examines the various ways use,rs access this information and the associated services provided by libraries and information centers. Prerequisite: LS 500.|
LS 556
Resource in the Sci, Tec & Med
Surveys the information sources and services typically found in science, technology, and health collections, libraries or information centers. Includes in-depth examination of major information sources, print and electronic, and of various ways user,s access this information. Prerequisite: LS 500.|
LS 600
Research in Librarianship
Intended as capstone experience for students in the Master of Science in Library Science program. Provides the opportunity to pursue a research project related to the student's area of specialization or interest and which is based on a research stra,tegies developed in LS 550. Accreditation assessments administered. Prerequisites: LS 550 and successful completion of at least 30 credit hours, including all other required courses; project approval by advisor, instructor, and the department chai,r. For students not seeking initial teacher certification.|
LS 545
Ref Serv Genealogy & Local His
Course introduces students to specialized reference resources for genealogy and local history. Students will assess the value and use of specific published documents and primary sources held in library collections. Major online resources will be ex,amined and compared. Students will create sample policies and procedures to deliver effective local history and genealogy reference services within specific library settings. Prerequisite: LS 500.|
LS 578
Pub Libs Rural Am
Introduction to the public library in the United States, with special concern for the small rural library. Particular emphasis on the problems and limitations of such libraries and approaches for overcoming them.|
LS 588
Pres & Conserv Of Lib Ma
Survey of preservation and conservation activities in libraries and information centers, including disaster planning, environmental factors, treatment of brittle books, library binding, special problems of nonbook materials, and basic conservation tr,eatments. Prerequisites: LS 501 or permission of instructor.|
LS 357
Organization Of Informa
Examines organization of print and non-print materials for effective service, principles and methods of descriptive cataloging, and the structure and application of the Dewey Decimal Classification, the Library of Congress Classification, and standar,d subject authority lists. Includes study of the use of printed cards and the utilization of other work simplication techniques; filing rules; and maintenance of library catalogs--shelf lists, divided and dictionary card catalogs, and the printed boo,k catalog. Biennially.|
LS 574
Online Information Retrieval
Web-based information retrieval is explored and discussed. A variety of search engines, strategies, and protocols are examined and compared. Prerequisite: LS 504|
LS 540
Multic Src & Serv Ed & Libr
This course provides an opportunity for students to explore, understand, and develop library and educational resources and services for multicultural, diverse, and other special populations. Resources and services are examined particularly as they re,late to ethnicity, race, gender preference, and disability. Students will develop a sensitivity to the learning and informational needs of various cultural and ethnic groups and will develop techniques for selecting and using materials relevant to a,multicultural society.|
LS 569
Mgmt Of Tech & Access Ser
Introduction to managerial and administrative principles as applied in library technical and access services. Areas covered include acquisitions, cataloging, serials control, circulation, document delivery, interlibrary loan, and preservation. Specia,l attention is paid to automation issues. Prerequisites: LS 502, 504.|
LS 532
Mgmt Of Sch Libr Media Centers
Introduction to managerial and administrative principles as applied in school library media centers; the role of the library media center in the school?s educational mission; current issues in school media librarianship. Pre- or corequisite: LS 504.|
LS 459
Media, Meth, And Curr
Introduces planning for the effective use of school library media services in cooperation with the instructional staff. Examines school library media philosophies and educational objectives, the process of developing a library media program, and the, librarian's role in designing curriculum, developing teaching-learning strategies, and working with teachers, students, and administrators. Includes a three-week practical experience in a school library media center. Annually. Prerequisites: LS 2,57, 258, either 356 or 358, and ED 327.|
LS 356
Media For Young Adults
Examines literature and other resources for young adults, including principles related to the selection, evaluation, and use of such materials. Considers and analyzes the reading interests of teenagers, the characteristics of young adult literature,, and methods of introducing young adults to books and nonbook resources, including electronic products and services. Examines techniques of developing/preparing booktalks, reviews, reader advisory services, and other programs for young adults, with,attention being paid to underserved and special needs groups. Biennially.|
LS 358
Media For Children
Surveys children's literature and related materials. Examines the principles of selection and evaluation of books, periodicals, and other materials for children. Includes reading guidance, with attention to materials for special groups; development o,f general and subject bibliographies; preparation of annotations; techniques of story-telling; and the selection of materials for the story hour. Includes a required field experience. Biennially.|
LS 577
Librs, Lit & The Child
Opportunity for graduate students to investigate (1) the nature of children?s literature; (2) the utilization of children?s literature in school, public and special library settings; (3) trends in children?s literature as a part of the total body of,literature and as an educational force; and (4) current research in the field. Biennially.|
LS 385
Library Automation
Surveys the use of automation in libraries. Topics covered include the selection of computer hardware and software for instructional purposes; use of automated library systems for library management activities such as circulation, acquisitions, and, cataloging; and the importance of computer networks to areas including resource sharing, professional development, and fiscal planning. Biennially|
LS 580
Lib Mktg & The Community
Addresses the following aspects of successful community analysis and marketing of library services: the current and potential library users; their specific informational needs; and how the library can provide adequate service.|
LS 583
Lib Lit And Young Adults
Examination of the role of the librarian in the selection, evaluation, and use of materials for junior and senior high school age persons. Includes a study of young adult literature and trends affecting its development; techniques for providing reade,r advisory services; methods of reaching and serving multicultural and special needs audiences; characteristics of the young adult in contemporary society; and development of programs and other means of introducing young adults to books and nonbook m,edia, with special attention to emerging electronic products and services.|
LS 547
Ldrship for Lib & Info Centers
Designed for students preparing to assume the role and duties of a leader, supervisor, and/or director in the field of librarianship; Explores the research and models of leadership relevant to defining and achieving goals in the library and informati,on center setting; Connects the role of management with the skills required for effective leadreship; and includes the examination of theory and practical application of organizational leadership.|
LS 572
Law In Libraries
Addresses the legal and ethical concepts and issues related to librarianship. Topics include employment law, intellectual property, civil rights, social responsibility, intellectual freedom and privacy law particularly as they relate to libraries. Et,hics, values and foundational principles of the library and information professions are covered.|
LS 579
Issues In Urban Librarianship
A survey of issues facing all types of libraries located in urban settings. School, public, and academic libraries will be discussed in the context of how the urban environment presents special challenges in designing, implementing, and managing libr,ary services. Prerequisite: LS 504.|
LS 259
Intro to Library Support Serv
Introduces students to library theory and practice, including basic concepts and terminology, roles and mission, ethical standards, organizational structure, staffing and funding. Basic principles of public, technical, and access services are explor,ed. The role of support staff in customer service, team work and effective communication are examined. Includes coverage of the ALA Library Support Staff Certifiction competencies for foundations and communicatins and teamwork.|