Library Science 612

EDLS 612: Reference Materials and Services

Prerequisites: Graduate standing

Credit Hours: (3)

This course introduces ways of locating, evaluating and selecting general and subject-oriented reference sources with emphasis on works suitable for children and young adults, and fosters a concept of reference librarianship which integrates the informational and instructional roles of library media specialists.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course focuses on the role of the library media specialist as information specialist and teacher. The course provides opportunities for students to locate, examine and evaluate major reference works, both print and electronic, appropriate for use in school library media centers and other small libraries. Students become familiar with major reference selection aids, both retrospective and ongoing, and learn how to locate and write reviews of reference works. Techniques for conducting successful reference interviews are discussed. Currently evolving theories of information-seeking behavior in youth are examined and linked to strategies of teaching information skills across the curriculum.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Instructional strategies include class discussion; demonstration and hands-on use of electronic databases and reference works; written reaction papers to research and opinion articles; written exercises designed to promote examination and evaluation of reference materials; oral presentations by students; lecture.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

(1) Students will be able to identify and use effectively major reference selection aids to assist them in building appropriate reference collections .
(2) Students will be able to evaluate a reference collection and make appropriate suggestions for selection and rejection.
(3) Students will be able to conduct successful reference interviews with both students and teachers.
(4) Students will become familiar with the underlying theories of information-seeking behavior in school-age children.
(5) Students will be able to develop appropriate activities and techniques for teaching information skills across the curriculum.


Assessment Measures

Assessment will depend on completion of exercises, written responses to readings, two examinations, and two projects, one involving the development of reference collections and the other involving the development of a lesson plan to teach information skills.


Other Course Information



Approval and Subsequent Reviews
April 1998 Course number change