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THE UNIVERSITY
OF
THE WEST INDIES,
MONA


DEPARTMENT OF
LIBRARY & INFORMATION
STUDIES

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
& EDUCATION


Description of
Postgraduate Courses


Dean of Faculty:
Deputy Dean:
Head of Dept.:
Admin. Asst.:


Prof. Aggrey Brown
Dr. Waibinte Wariboko
Prof. Fay Durrant
Mrs. Myrna Matthews






DESCRIPTION OF POSTGRADUATE COURSES IN
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES

SEMESTER ONE
LS60A-Foundations of Library and Information Studies
(3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the library and information
profession with an overview of the current trends in the field.
Included will be: the concept of information and information
transfer, the evolution of information units, an introduction to
the major services in the field, the various types of libraries and
other information units and their role in society.

LS60B-Information, Communication and Society
(3 credits)
This course will examine the nature of information and the
communication processes and the role of information and com-
munication or individual perspective. It will attempt to place
information in a wider context reflecting its interdisciplinary
nature and its interaction with social, cultural, economic and
technological changes leading to the evolution of the informa-
tion society. It will also provide students with the skills which
enable them to communicate effectively in an electronic envi-
ronment.

LS61A-Management of Information Units (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to the basic theories, princi-
ples and functions of the management of information units.
Emphasis is placed upon the importance of the user as the basis
for all management activity as well as on personnel management
and budgetary control. The course also aims to cover the unique
organizational features that differentiate the major types of
libraries/information units.

LS62A-Subject Work in Information Retrieval (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide the student with an under-
standing of the theories associated with subject access to infor-
mation, the techniques and practices used to permit access to
this aspect of information retrieval and the standard tools em-
ployed in the process.

LS63A-Bibliography and Reference Methods and
Materials (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to the concept of biblio-
graphical control and to types of systematic bibliographies. It
also familiarizes them with the evaluation and use of other refer-
ence materials and acquaints them with evaluation criteria for
print and non-print materials so as to build effective library
collections.

LS65A-Information Technology I (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to information technology
and its relationship to information units. The foundations of
automated information management and applications of data
processing to library operations are discussed.

LS66A-Audiovisual Resources and Services (3 credits)
This course introduces the concept of multimedia and explores
its importance to and influence on the communication of infor-
mation in information units. The course familiarizes students
with the theory and practise of multimedia librarianship and,
when appropriate, presents practises and solutions to problems






LS64A-Research in Information Work (3 credits)
This course is intended to provide the student with knowledge of the theo-
ries, tools and techniques of research methodology, its terminology and
processes. Also treated are the concept of evaluation of research results and
dissemination techniques including repackaging of information. Special
emphasis will be placed on its application to and in information work.

LS65B--Information Technology 11 (3 credits)
This course is designed to familiarize students with some of the advanced
aspects of information technology. It includes the operation and use of
telecommunications in information work and with system development of
automated resources and units. Theories of change management and strate-
gic planning as well as commercial and other automated support services
are examined. Selected trends in this dynamic field are also included.

LS66B-Audiovisual Resources and Services II (3 credits)
This course is designed to enable students to plan, produce and present
audiovisual productions and to manage effectively audiovisual materials,
physical facilities and services.

LS66C-Multimedia Librarianship (3 credits)
This course introduces the concept of multimedia and explores its impor-
tance to and influence on "communication of information". It familiarizes
students with a trend in which increasing provision and use is being made
of multimedia technology for the generation, storage and dissemination of
information. It provides an overview of the various formats in which infor-
mation is packaged with special emphasis on computer multimedia technol-
ogy. Attention is paid to the evaluation, acquisition, bibliographic control
and management of these materials as well as to the planning, production
and delivery of multimedia presentations.

LS67C-Archives and Records Management (3 credits)
This course is intended as an introduction to the subject for librarians and
other information specialists. It deals with the nature of archives and re-
cords management, the function of Records Offices and Archive Depart-
ments, and the basic principles of the physical care and organization of
archival material. Given such a foundation, librarians in the region will be
able to render useful service to scholarship by assembling and preserving
archives and local history material in those countries which archival institu-
tions do not yet exist.

LS68A- Copyright Issues Affecting Caribbean Libraries and Infor-
mation Services (3 credits)
This course will expose participants to copyright principles and practices
relating to the use of protected works. It will focus on the impact of copy-
right conventions, treaties and legislation on the delivery of library and
information services in the Caribbean. Students will learn to identify and
resolve copyright problems in the context of libraries and information
services. Candidates for the course are expected to hold good undergraduate
degrees in library and information studies or in other areas.

Please note:

Not all electives are offered in any one designated semester. Offerings will
depend of the availability of staff and the number of students wishing to
take any particular course.






that fit this context.


LS67A-Comparative and International Information Studies
(3 credits)
This course covers comparative study of the state of the provision of
information services in a number of selected countries, developed
and developing, with consideration given to historical, political,
economic, educational and other factors of significance in the devel-
opment of services now provided. The role of national, regional and
international organizations and professional associations is covered
as well as national, regional and international planning and coopera-
tion.

LS67B-History of Books and Printing (3 credits)
This course deals with the printing of books and newspapers. Other
issues of review include book illustration and decoration and the
problems and needs of users of old books. The emphasis is on Car-
ibbean printing and book trade history, conservation and restoration.

LS69A-Trends and Issues in Library and Information Work
(3 credits)
Based primarily on the current literature of Library and Information
Science, this course is designed to deal with several major trends in
library and information work as well as the issues faced by library
and information professionals in the modem information environ-
ment. It will sensitize librarians to the decision making considera-
tions involved in the development and delivery of library services in
the modern environment.

SEMESTER TWO
LS61B-Management of University and Research Libraries
(3 credits)
This course deals with the management of academic and research
libraries. Issues include management in an era of constraints and in
the context of technological change. It provides opportunities for the
student to develop investigative skills and enhance his potential
administrative role.

LS61C-Management of Special Libraries and Information
Centres (3 credits)
This course surveys the management, organisation, and services
within special libraries and information centres. It includes topics on
marketing, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefits of special library
services. Attention is given to the study of current trends in docu-
mentation and information technology as well as that of facilities,
finances and problems of these units.

LS61D-Management of Public Library Services (3 credits)
This course is designed to enable the student to apply general man-
agement theory and practice to public library administration.
It presents a historical overview of the public library and its
mission as well as its role in social and economic deve-
lopment. The public library's environment, its services and
user groups are examined as well as some current trends
and issues in public library management.

LS61E-Management of School Libraries and Learning
Resource Centres (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to the modem concept
of the school library/Learning Resource Centre its role and func-
tions in the educational institution. The education, role and respon-
sibilities of the school librarian are examined and emphasis






is placed on strategies for effectively managing the various
programme components-resources, staff, physical
facilities, finances and service. The integration of the school
library/LRC into the curriculum is also emphasized.

LS62B-Catalogue Creation and Use (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with an under-
standing of the theories associated with the creation and
use of catalogues. Accent will be placed on the construction
of the catalogue entry, the design of the catalogue, its
various inner and outer formats and the integration of
subject work in the catalogue. Also included are the
management of technical services and catalogue support
systems and services.

LS63B-Information Resources in Science and
Technology (3 credits)
This course is intended to acquaint students with the infor-
mation needs in science and technology within the frame-
work of the communication patterns in these areas. It
examines the characteristics of the literature and acquaints
students with the primary, secondary and tertiary sources of
information retrieval. It also familiarizes them with manual
resources and automated services.

LS63C-Information Resources in the Humanities
(3 credits)
This course defines the nature, structure and bibliographical
organization of the literature of religion, philosophy, the
visual and performing arts (music and theatre), languages
and literatures. Accent is placed on the characteristics of the
users of this material. It introduces students to the special as-
pects of reference service in these subjects, and also
familiarizes them with manual resources and automated
services.

LS63D-Information Resources in the Social Sciences
(3 credits)
This course is intended to acquaint students with the nature
of social science literature. It describes communication in
the social sciences and examines the literature and biblio-
graphy of the major disciplines: anthropology, history,
economics, education, political science, law and sociology.
It seeks to acquaint students with the characteristics of the
users of this literature, the nature of social science research
and the multi-disciplinary problems associated with social
science information. It also familiarizes them with manual
resources and automated services.

LS63E-Contemporary Literature for Children and Young
Adults
(3 credits)
This course gives an introduction to the wide variety of multi-
media materials currently available for young people. The dif-
ferent categories of the literature are identified along with the
criteria for their selection and the techniques for using them with
children and young adults. The characteristics, interests and
developmental needs of young people and how these affect their
responses to literature are discussed, as well as the trends and
issues in the field.


























































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Fax: 876-970-4903
Email: dlis@uwimona.edu.jm
Site: http://www.mona.uwi.edu/dlis
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