Library Science 614

EDLS 614: Organization of Library Media Center Materials

Prerequisites: Graduate standing

Credit Hours: (3)

This course introduces basic principles of organizing print and non-print materials for efficient accessibility in the library media center. Descriptive cataloging, classification, and assignment of subject headings are introduced. Emphasis is placed on the integration of computer automation into the organization process.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course introduces prospective library media specialists to the definition, rationale and underlying theories of cataloging and classifying information in general, and to the practice of cataloging and classifying materials for school library media centers in particular. Descriptive cataloging of materials is based on an understanding of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed. (AACR2). in addition, students learn how to classify materials according to the Dewey Decimal System and to index materials by subject according to Sears Subject Headings. AACR2, Dewey and Sears are the accepted standards in school library media centers throughout the country. Over the past two decades, computers have changed the librarian's role dramatically in the area of organizing and retrieving materials. This course familiarizes students
with a variety of library software and microcomputer applications in small libraries. The roles of large library utilities such as OCLC (Online Computer Library Catalog) and the MARC (machine readable cataloging) format are also addressed.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Instructional strategies include numerous cataloging and classification class and individual exercises; written reaction papers to research and opinion articles; videos; panel of practicing librarians; field experience in nearby school library media centers; demonstrations and hands-on use of large and small automated cataloging systems; lecture.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

(1) Students will be able to catalog typical print and non-print materials appropriate for school library media centers using AACR2 rules.
(2) Students will be able to classify typical print and non-print materials appropriate for school library media centers using the Dewey Decimal System.
(3) Students will be able to index by subject typical print and non-print materials appropriate for school library media centers using the Sears Subject Headings.
(4) Students will be able to identify the principal fields in the MARC format and to articulate the importance of the-MARC format in the automation of cataloging procedures.
(5) Students will become familiar with computer software and hardware, which support the cataloging function in school library media centers.
(6) Students will be able to assess the specific needs of a school library media center's catalog and to recommend appropriate cataloging policies based on those needs.


Assessment Measures

Assessment will depend on completion of exercises, class participation, written responses to readings, and two examinations consisting of cataloging, classifying and indexing actual materials as well as essay questions based on case studies.


Other Course Information



Approval and review dates
April 1998 Course number change