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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 Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse DescriptionDepartment
COOP 350
Co-Op Library Science
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Cooperative Programs
COOP 450
Intrn-Library Science
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Cooperative Programs
LS 255
Intro To Librarianship
Broad overview of libraries and the profession of librarianship beginning with the history of libraries and concluding with the impact of technology on libraries. Annually.|
Library Science Department
LS 257
Basic Info Sources & Ser
Examines traditional and technological approaches to locating information. Analyzes the criteria for selecting reference materials and examines reviewing media for new reference sources. Explores the organization of reference service. Includes the, study of selected reference sources. Biennially.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 361
Administration Of Libr
Addresses the general principles of administration and their application to the organization and management of different types of libraries. Core components include general management techniques and administrative procedures, budget preparation, hum,an resources issues, and facilities and resources management. Students will learn how to apply standards for evaluation of libraries and how to develop functional library programs. Provides a forum for the discussion of the roles of different types, of libraries in society. Includes a required field experience. Biennially.|
Library Science Department
LS 370
Access Services
Examines the concepts, policies, procedures, and technology involved in library access services. Practices for the circulation, interlibrary loan, reserves, document delivery, shelf maintenance, and processing of materials are reviewed. Technology',s role in creating, retrieving, and delivering access to information and materials is studied. Covers the ALA Library Support Staff Certification competencies for access services and technology.|
Library Science Department
LS 371
Direct User Services
Addresses the role of support staff in direct user services. Covers collection organization, search methods, and the nature of adult, young adult, and children's services and problems in libraries. The role of literary genres, different information, formats, and technology in user services as alsoaddressed. Includes coverage of the ALA Library Support Staff Certification competencies for adult's readers' advisory, reference and information services and youth services.|
Library Science Department
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|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 440
Copy Catalog & Material Proces
Addresses copy cataloging and materials processing in libraries, including procedures for ordering, processing, and claiming all types of library materials, copy cataloging, inventory control, and preservation. Applications of information technology, are emphasized. Includes coverage of the ALA Library Support Staff Certification competencies for collection management and cataloging and classification. Prerequisite: LS 259 - Introduction to Library Support Services.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 457
Independent Study
Students explore in-depth a facet of librarianship according to need or interest, under the direction of a faculty member of the department. Special area to be approved by a faculty committee. Includes development of research techniques and the prepa,ration of a scholarly paper or completion of a special project. On demand.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 470
Intern-Librarianship
Provides a laboratory experience in the professional atmosphere of a cooperating library or information center; allows undergraduate students who are not interested in school librarianship an opportunity to have an applied field experience in a publi,c or special library. Evaluation based on observation at the field site, an evaluative paper, and participation in professional seminars. Enrollment by permission of instructor Each semester.|
Library Science Department
LS 491
Bus Ref Sources & Serv
Surveys the literature and services common in a business library or department of business information. Includes in-depth examination of major business reference tools, as well as in-depth examination of the special operations, organization, and mana,gement of business libraries and departments of business information. Annually.|
Library Science Department
LS 500
Info Sources & Services
Philosophy and techniques of information services in libraries, with the sources, tools, and technology essential to the reference process. Specific reference problems and research studies, the reference interview, bibliographic instruction, and sear,ch strategies are considered. Recommended as an elective for nonlibrary science students in other graduate programs.|
Library Science Department
LS 501
Develop Lib Collections
Acquiring familiarity with basic bibliographical tools, current reviewing media, and acquisitions procedures. Establishment of policies and criteria for the selection and evaluation of book and nonbook materials.|
Library Science Department
LS 502
Cataloging & Classification
Introduction to the principles and techniques of organizing information with special reference to contemporary library practice. Students are introduced to descriptive cataloging using currently accepted national rules, alphabetical indexing using L,ibrary of Congress Subject Headings and Sears List of Subject Headings, and systematic indexing using the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Library of Congress Classification. The structure and use of manual and automated catalogs and indexes are, considered.|
Library Science Department
LS 504
Intro To Inform Profess
This course introduces students to the nature of information and its role in society, the philosophical, ethical, and historical foundations of the information professions, major professional organizations, and the legal, political, and social issues, confronting today's information professionals. The identification and use of print and electronic information resources pertinent to library and information science are also covered. Accreditation assessment administered.|
Library Science Department
LS 529
Inst Strat Libr & Info Prof
Prepares students with various approaches for integrating information literacy and resources into instruction in libraries and information centers; examines information literacy standards and guidelines, succh as those from AASL and ACRL, for applica,tion in all types of libraries and centers; reviews various instructional strategies, techniques, and resources, such as Web-based tutorials and thematic web pages, for implementation in programs.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 534
Admin & Mgmt Of Libraries
A study of managerial principles as they apply to libraries. Topics include, but are not limited to, planning, organizing, influencing and controlling the human, financial, physical and informational resources of libraries. Emphasis is placed on mon,itoring new trends in library facilities with regard to library functions. Prerequisite: prerequisite or corequisite LS 504. Fall, Spring, Summer II.|
Library Science Department
LS 535
Archival Mgmt Small Repository
Introduction to the principles of archival theory as practiced in small repositories, including libraries and local historical societies. Appraisal, arrangement and description, and interpretation of materials are covered. Includes a field experien,ce.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 541
Database Mgmt for Lib Pros
The course will provide library professionals the basic tools to understand database design and management as used in various integrated library systems and electronic resources. The course is designed to familiarize future and current library profe,ssionals with the logic and structure of fields, records and databases.|
Library Science Department
LS 542
Info Seek Behav in User Int De
This course overviews theoretical and practical frameworks for a user centered approach to information service. The course concentrates on user interface design for information retrieval systems based on an understanding of human information seeking,behavior. This course will cover (1) theoretical foundations of various information behaviors and (2) practical analysis using user interface design principles, task and user analysis, user interface evaluation, and usability testing.|
Library Science Department
LS 543
Adult Program for Public Libra
An introduction to the literature, history, principles, strategies and competencies of providing library service to adults as individuals and in groups; such as: readers of genre fiction; the independent learner; to populations of diverse cultural an,d ethnic backgrounds; older adults; educationally disadvantages or less literate; occupational (business, labor, etc.); institutionalized, etc. Examines the research based knowledge of adulthood and adult learning, the assessment of a community, elem,ents of program planning, the diverse advisory roles of librarians and their implications for the organization of informational, educational, and cultural programs and activities. Pre-req LS 500|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 549
Genre Fict & Read Advisory
Course introduces students to the readers' advisory process as a means of assisting library users in identifying appropriate reading materials to meet recreational reading needs. Major genres of fiction (e.g., romance, mystery, adventrue, etc.) are,examined. Bibliographic tools to support the reader's advisory process are identified and examined.|
Library Science Department
LS 550
Adv Research Meth in Lib Sci
In depth study of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as they apply to library science; emphasis on formulating the research proposal, conducting studies, analyzing data, reporting findings, and interpreting results; includes a critic,al analysis of the professional research literature. Prerequisite: LS 504. Study of the scientific methods of planning, conducting, and reporting investigation and research in library science, including specific problems in library service. Critic,al analysis of research in professional literature. Designed to develop skill in interpreting research results.|
Library Science Department
LS 552
Adv Cat And Class
In-depth exploration of the issues involved in organizing collections with special reference to authority control, the cataloging and classification of nonbook materials (including electronic resources), and the use of Library of Congress Subject Hea,dings and the Library of Congress Classification. Prerequisite: LS 502.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 562
Government Info & Librnshp
Study and evaluation of federal, state, municipal , and intergovernmental publications, print and electronic; the nature of government materials, their reference and research value; techniques of organization, access, and control of print and electro,nic materials; issues concerning various government electronic resources. Prerequisite: LS 500|
Library Science Department
LS 568
Hist Of Books & Printing
Study of the evolution of the printed book through a survey of the origin of recorded communication; history of writing materials; study of manuscript production, typography, type design, illustration, bookbinding, book production, and copyright from, the earliest times to the present.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 570
Internship in Librianship
Provides an advanced preprofessional experience through work in a cooperating library or information center. Students are expected to apply and evaluate the theory and practice learned in the classroom; prepare an evaluative paper, and be observed a,nd evaluated by the site supervisor. Accreditation assessments administered. Prerequisites: successful completion of at least 30 credit hours, including all other required courses; permission of advisor, internship coordinator, and the department c,hair. For students not seeking initial certification.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 573
Integ Technologies In Libr
Survey of library automation; the application of computers to library technical and administrative processes. The state of the art; case studies of automation projects; systems analysis; design of library automation projects. Annual, fall.|
Library Science Department
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|
Library Science Department
LS 575
Digital Libraries
Provides an overview of topics concerning digital libraries, including, but not limited to, organization and structure, programming interoperability and metadata standards, project management, intellectual property rights, and various interface appli,cations. Students are expected to examine topics of interest concerning digital libraries, culminating in the preparation of a term project.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 582
Electronic & Cont Resources
Examines the organization and management of electronic resources and print/pnline continuing publications, such as journals, annuals, etc.; highlights issues surrounding subscriptions, licensing, access, and ownership of materials.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 587
Indexing & Abstracting
In-depth survey and hands-on development of documents surrogates, including annotations, abstracts, precis, and other forms of indexing.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department
LS 589
Apply Web Tech in Libraries
Studies the application and use of emerging Web content and technologies in diverse library settings.|
Library Science Department
LS 590
Global Perspectives In Libshp
A study of libraries and librarianship throughout the world with an in depth focus in selected countries; emphasis is placed on library education and issues related to culture, technological advances, economics, and politics; the role and impact of p,rofessional organizations on libraries and library education worldwide is examined. Annual, summer.|
Library Science Department
LS 591
Bus Ref Sources & Serv
Surveys the information sources and services typically found in corporate libraries, public library business information centers, and other specialized libraries with a business clientele. Includes in-depth examination of major business reference too,ls, as well as in-depth examination of the special operations, organization, and management of business libraries and departments of business information. Prerequisite: LS 500.|
Library Science Department
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.|
Library Science Department