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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 Description
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 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.|
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.|
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|
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 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 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 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.|
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.|
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.|
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 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 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 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|
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.|
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 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.|
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 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.|
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 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.|
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 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 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 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 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 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.|
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 587
Indexing & Abstracting
In-depth survey and hands-on development of documents surrogates, including annotations, abstracts, precis, and other forms of indexing.|
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.|