A six week online course about the foundations of library science, designed to meet the requirements of the Library Support Staff Certification. This course covers introductory information on library missions, types of libraries, areas and departments, professional values and ethics, library governance, funding, library cooperation, diversity in user needs, resources, and a services, marketing, outreach, professional development and professional associations. Students will complete an annotated bibliography assignment that requires selecting, evaluating and annotating a variety of sources on a student selected topic. At the end of the course students will complete an annotated bibliography on a topic relevant to their library, which will includes 10 sources in a variety of formats that can be used to explain the topic to library staff and users and/or implement changes.
Barbara Alvarez has partnered with numerous library professionals, local businesses and organizations to share digital stories through podcasts, videos, and broadcasting. She is the co-founder of The Library OnConference, a free virtual conference completely held on Google Hangouts that has garnered nearly 500 participants. Additionally, she received the 2015 Public Librarian Support Award for innovation and creativity in the library’s community. She is the author of the book Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian with ALA Editions. Barbara received a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.
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