Essentials of Library Science: A Crash Course for Library Staff

Dive into the world of libraries with our self-paced course, “Essentials of Library Science.” This program is designed for any library staff who want a broad overview of librarianship. In this course, you’ll explore the multifaceted nature of libraries, understanding them as dynamic, evolving community hubs rather than mere repositories of books.

Whether you’re new to the field or looking to refresh your knowledge, this course offers valuable insights into:

  • The Interdisciplinary Nature of Librarianship: Uncover the diverse aspects of librarianship, encompassing information science, community service, and beyond. Learn about the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information, crucial for connecting people with the resources they need.
  • Core Principles and Values: Delve into the fundamental principles of librarianship, such as intellectual freedom, equal access to information, and lifelong learning. Understand how these values shape the operations and services of a library.
  • Types and Functions of Libraries: Gain knowledge about various types of libraries, including public, academic, special, and school libraries, and their unique roles and audiences.
  • Cataloging and Classification: Learn the essentials of cataloging and classification, with a focus on systems like the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Library of Congress Classification System.
  • Impact of Technology on Libraries: Explore how technological advancements are revolutionizing the way libraries function.
  • Collection Management: Understand the intricacies of developing and managing a library collection that resonates with and serves the community effectively.
  • Programming and Outreach Services: Discover how libraries extend their services, engaging with different demographics through innovative programs and outreach.
  • Libraries in the Digital Age: Address the digital divide and learn about digital outreach strategies, including the role of libraries in providing internet access and technological literacy.

Whether you’re aiming to enhance your professional skills or gain a deeper appreciation of library services, “Essentials of Library Science” is your gateway to becoming a more effective, knowledgeable library professional.

Regina Burgess is the Assistant Director for the Panhandle Library Access Network, a multitype library cooperative in Florida, where she provides continuing education programs for library staff in the region. Regina has worked in public and special libraries and has non-library-related corporate experience. She is the current President and past Treasurer of the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. Regina received a Bachelor of Arts in History from New Mexico State University and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas.

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