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THE UNIVERSITY
OF
THE WEST INDIES,
MONA


DEPARTMENT OF
LIBRARY & INFORMATION
STUDIES

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
& EDUCATION


B.A. LIBRARY AND
INFORMATION STUDIES

Dean of Faculty: Prof. Aggrey Brown
Deputy Dean: Dr. Waibinte Wariboko
Head of Dept.: Prof. Fay Durrant
Admin. Asst.: Mrs. Myrna Matthews






Major in LIBRARY AND
INFORMATION STUDIES

The Head of Department may subject admission to this pro-
gramme to interviews.

The programme consists of two components:

1. Satisfactory completion of the regulation ninety (90)
credits
Most Library and Information Studies courses are
assigned three (3) credits.
Students must complete at least forty-five (45) cred-
its in Library and Information Studies.

2. Twelve (12) weeks approved fieldwork in designated
libraries/information centers, ideally undertaken in
the two summer vacations during the programme.

The award of the degree will be made only after satisfactory
completion of the fieldwork. The Department reserves the right
to waive the fieldwork or part thereof under special circum-
stances.

LEVEL I (3 creds)
Semester I
LSIOA Information and Society
LS12A Management of Information Systems I
LS15A Computer Literacy for Information Professionals

Semester 2
LSIOB Information Organization and Dissemination
ILS12B Management of Information Systems I I
LS 5A Computer Literacy for Information Professionals

LEVEL II (3 credits each except LS210)
Semester 3
LS22A Information Resources. Their Communication
Conversion
LS27A Audiovisual Information Work I

Semester 4
1.S23A Research Methodology for Information Specialists
LS25A Automation in Information Work I

YEAR LONG COURSES
SEMESTER 3&4
LS210 Cataloguing and Classification (6 credits)

LEVEL III (3 credits each)
Semester 5 & 6
One course chosen from:
LS30C Public Library Services
LS30D School Libraries & Learning Resource Centers
LS30E Management of Libraries in Selected Environments

One course chosen from:
LS32F Information Resources in Selected Environments
LS32G Literature for Children and Young Adults

Any of the following electives:
LS35A Automation in Information Work II






LS25A-AUTOMATION IN INFORMATION
WORK I (3 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive study of the
automation in library processes. Principles and tech-
niques of information storage and retrieval are exam-
ined The automation of technical support systems
and the application of computers in user services and
in management are dealt with in detail
Prerequisite: LSIOB and LS15A

LEVEL III
Semester I
LS30C-PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES
This course is designed to acquaint students with the
development of public library services, their mission
and orientation. It enables students to study the appli-
cation of general library management theories and
practices in this type of library service, highlighting
the special approaches necessary and the nature of the
clientele served. Current trends in the role and func-
tions as well as new avenues of services are exam-
ined.
Prerequisite: Passes in LS12A and LSI2B

LS30D-SCHOOL LIBRARIES AND LEARN-
ING RESOURCE CENTRES (3 credits)
This course covers the development of the modern
School Library/LRC, its role and functions in the
education institution, the role of the school librarian
and the accompanying administrative responsibilities
as they relate to the various aspects of the school
library programme. Special attention is paid to inte-
grating the school library into the curriculum and the
school librarian's relationship with the principal,
faculty and students.
Prerequisites: Passes in LS12A and LS12B

LS32F-INFORMATION RESOURCES IN SE-
LECTED ENVIRONMENTS (3 credits)
This course will focus on the characteristics of Infor-
mation Users in the Humanities, Social Sciences and
Science and Technology.
Prerequisite: A pass in LS22A

LS32G-LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN &
YOUNG ADULTS (3 credits)
This course looks at the characteristics, developmen-
tal needs and interests of children and young adults
and how these affect their response to literature. It
examines the different types and sources of multime-
dia material fiction and non-fiction and their
evaluation, selection and use. Indigenous resources
for Caribbean children and young adults are stressed
The value of literature for young people and current
trends and issues in the field are also included.
Prerequisite: None

LS35A-AUTOMATION IN INFORMATION
WORK II (3 credits)
This course goes beyond the applications of com-
puters in technical support systems to the wider con-
cepts of automation in information resources manage-





LS36B Intormation Literacy: Concept and Process
LS37A Audiovisual Information Work II
LS38A Records Management: Principles & Practices
LS39A Access to Information in the Caribbean

OR
Any other elective approved and offered from time to time
Not all electives are offered in any one designated semester. Offer-
ings will depend on the availability of staffand the number of stu-
dents wishing to take any particular course.

N.B. Concerning the Non-Library and Information Studies Faculty
courses taken, one subject of two such courses taken in the first
semester MUST be continued in the second semester and in the four
succeeding semesters (i e the two LEVEL II and LEVLL III
courses).

LEVEI I
Semester I
LSIOA-INFORMATION AND SOCIETY (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of information
as a social phenomenon, the historical foundation of its organiza-
tion, the theoretical bases of its manifestation and use It also covers
the role of agencies, industries and services that create, process,
store and distribute information and the individuals and organiza-
tions that use information. Prerequisite: None

LS12A-MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS I (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the basic principles, which must
be used in the management of information units
Prerequisite: None

ISISA-COMPUTER LITERACY FOR INFORMATION SPECIAI-
ISTS (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and tech-
niques of operating computer systems It allows a student to create
a foundation upon which to build the study of automation in the
information environment. Hardware and software management,
data representation and processing as well as the basics of telecom-
munications are included. Attention is paid to the impact of com-
puters on society. Prerequisite: None

LEVEL I
Semester 2
LS10B-INFORMATION ORGANIZATION AND
DISSEMINATION (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the theories
and practices concerned with mobilizing and disseminating infor-
mation, the systems that promote this work and the role and func-
tion of the information specialist. Included are an introduction to
the basic techniques and procedures in place to provide for the
utilization of information Prerequisite: A Pass in LSI0A

LS12B-MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS 11 (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide practical application
of management principles to information units. Special
attention will be given to specific management problems
in the context of the socio-historical background of the
Caribbean area. Prerequisite: A Pass in LS12A

LSI5A-COMPUTER LITERACY FOR INFORMATION
SPECIALISTS 3 (credits)
This course provides an introduction to basic concepts and
techniques of operating computer systems. It allows a





student to create a foundation upon which to build the study
of automation in the information environment Hardware
and software management, data representation and processing as
well as the basics of telecommunications are included. Atten-
tion is paid to the impact of computers on society.
Prerequisite. none

LEVEL II
Year Long Course
LS210-CATALOGUING AND CLASSIFICATION (6 credits)
The emphasis in this course is on practical work and the
practical implications of cataloguing and classification.
This includes the detailed study of the Dewey Decimal
Classification Scheme, the study and application of
cataloguing rules, the design and compilation of
catalogues, critical appreciation and use of tools, aids and
support services in the field. A significant amount oftheory
is necessary to cover this material
Prerequisite: Passes in LS10A and LSIOB

Semester I
LS22A-INFORMATION RESOURCES, THEIR
COMMUNICATIONN AND CONSERVATION (3 credits)
The basic concepts of the reference process, which include
interviewing techniques and search strategy, are covered
The communication of information and the use of reference
tools within the context of information transfer are
examined. Conservation of, and awareness of the physical
material of printed and other information resources are
briefly investigated
Prerequisites: Passes in LS1OA and LSIOB

LS27A-AUDIOVISUAL INFORMATION WORK I
(3 credits)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the
trends in which increasing provision and use is being made
of audiovisual materials in addition to print It enables
them to appreciate the growing significance of the role of
audiovisual material in recording, organization and exploi-
tation of ideas and information. The course deals with the
special characteristics of documents recorded on photo-
graphic film, magnetic tape, optical disk and other
materials, paying special attention to the evaluation, adminis-
tration, bibliographic control, acquisition and usage of
these materials. Prerequisites LS IA and LSIOB

LEVEL II
Semester 2

LS23A- RESEARCH METIIODOLOGY FOR INFORMA-
TION SPECIALISTS (3 credits)
This course is intended to provide the student with knowledge of
the theories, tools and techniques of research methodology, its
terminology and processes. Also included are the concept of
evaluation of research results and dissemination techniques
including repackaging of information. Special emphasis will be
placed on the application of research methodology to informa-
tion work. Prerequisites: Passes in LS10A and LSIOB








ment and systems development, and includes planning, design, implementation and


networking Selected trends in this dynamic field are included
Prerequisite A pass in LS25A

LS39A-ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN THE CARIBBEAN (3 credits)
This research-linked course examines factors influencing access to information in the
Caribbean It looks at six factors-content, usability, connectivity, affordability,
policy development and intellectual property rights Students undertake desk research
on the role of Caribbean libraries in the development of information infrastructure,
library and information networks, electronic networks and in facilitating access to the
Internet Students also undertake desk research on users increased capacity to
understand the structure of the various system interfaces, and influences on usability,
including digital libraries, e-government information resources, and e-commerce
facilities The research undertaken during this course also identifies the implications
for new roles for libraries and librarians
Prerequisite A Pass in LS23A


LEVEL III

Semester 2
LS30E MANAGEMENT OF LIBRARIES IN SELECTED ENVIRONMENTS
(3 credits)
The course will focus on the essentials characteristics of the users, services,
management issues and trends associated with Special Libraries and Information
Centers, and University and Research Libraries It will highlight the impact ofinternal
and external factors on these libraries and the strategies which have been developed
for efficient organization and effective service delivery Special attention will be paid
to management of these lbrarles in the Canbbean
Prerequisite Passes in LSI2A and LS12B

LS36B-INFORMATION LITERACY: CONCEPT AND PROCESS
(3 credits)
An examination of the definition and concept of information literacy its evolution
and various components and how they relate to the school curriculum The contents of
the formation skills curriculum for use in schools will also be explored as well as
strategies for cooperative lesson-planning and independent research
Prerequisite LS30D

I.S37A-AUDIOVISUAL WORK II (3 credits)
T his course will provide students with experience in planning, producing and
presenting audiovisual materials as well as the administering of multimedia services It
shows how audiovisual media embraces a developing technology of great significance
to information workers Audiovisual productions, providing they are properly planned,
produced and presented, can make a most effective contribution to information
delivery and communication in the fields of management, public relations, education
and training, user orientation and information retrieval
Prerequisite A Pass in LS27A

IS38A--RECORDS MANAGEMENT: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
(3 credits)
This course introduces students, through theory and practice, to the different stages
required to develop a records management programme Definitions and concepts will
be discussed The techniques for implementation and the technical aspects will be
outlined to ensure senior management and user buy-in for the implementation of a
successful records management program
Prerequisite Fulfillment of the requirements for doing a Level III course or special
permission from Instructor









Department of Library and Information Studies
Phone: 876-927-2944
Fax: 876-970-4903
Email: dlis@uwimona.edu.jm
Site: http://www.mona.uwi.eduldlis
July 2006




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