Urban Library Course Descriptions

The following courses are available to students enrolled in the Urban Library Certificate Program only. All courses are two credits unless noted.

LIS 1000: 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 1050: HMONG FOR LIBRARY PARAPROFESSIONALS I

Hmong Language instruction developing functional competency necessary to be successful in the workplace setting, as a library paraprofessional.

LIS 1060: HMONG FOR LIBRARY PARAPROFESSIONALS II

Continuation of LIS 1050.

LIS 1100: 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 1200: 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 1300: 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.