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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 DescriptionLevel
COOP 350
Co-Op Library Science
COOP 450
Intrn-Library Science
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.|
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.|
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 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.|
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 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 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 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.|
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.|
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.|
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 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 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.|
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 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.|
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 470
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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 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.|
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.|
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 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.|