Program: Urban Library Program Program Code: (ULP)
Program Faculty: Wagner* (*program coordinator)
The urban library program encourages people to consider a career in a library setting. It prepares participants for employment in libraries by using a teaching-learning model that combines theory and hands-on work experience. The program also provides career opportunities for members of diverse communities historically under-represented in the library work force. Upon completion of the urban library certificate, students have the option to seek employment in a library or to continue their studies.
All of the courses in this program are worth two credits. The LIS course descriptions are listed below. Course descriptions for the language courses appear in the American Sign Language (ASL), English (ENGL) and Spanish (SPAN) sections of this catalog.
LIS 100 Foundations of Library Service: the Urban Lens
LIS 110 Technical Services in Public Libraries
LIS 120 Communication and Public Services
LIS 130 The Urban Library: Community Lens
Two courses from one of the following language groups:
ASL 105 American Sign Language for Library Paraprofessionals I
ASL 106 American Sign Language for Library Paraprofessionals II
ENGL 105 English as a Second Language for Library Paraprofessionals I
ENGL 106 English as a Second Language for Library Paraprofessionals II
SPAN 105 Spanish for Library Paraprofessionals I
SPAN 106 Spanish for Library Paraprofessionals II
LIS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
LIS 100 FOUNDATIONS OF LIBRARY SERVICE: THE URBAN LENS
Introduction to the history, philosophy and principles of service in the American Public Library. Analyses of the role public libraries play in urban communities. Examination of competencies required for library careers. Six hours per week of practicum in computer applications in libraries required.
LIS 110 TECHNICAL SERVICES IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Introduction to collection management including selection, acquisition, cataloging, classification, processing, and collection maintenance. Six hours per week of practicum required.
LIS 120 COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC SERVICES
Introduction to public services provided by libraries including circulation, readers' advisory, reference, outreach, and children and young adult services. Oral and written communication skills are stressed. Six hours per week of practicum required.
LIS 130 THE URBAN LIBRARY: COMMUNITY LENS
Analysis of the demographics and cultural practices of diverse communities served by public libraries. Focus on collaboration of libraries with community organizations. Six hours per week of practicum required.