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Library Science 101

Library Science 101 Library and information sciences are a vital component to the proper organization and operation of efficient library systems. Learn what library science is, what librarians do, and why these services are so important to communities. Libraries inthe US There are 121,169+ libraries inthe US 8,951 3,689 PUBLIC ACADEMIC iji 1,060 8,014 275 GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ARMED FORCES .andthousands of public school libraries! A Librarian's Daily Duties Assist patrons with research and locating library materials on-site and in specialized electronic resources: Help decide what content (books, magazines, CDs, movies, computers, technological equipment, etc.) to purchase for the library Plan programs and events (e.g., storytimes, information literacy or health information) Manage organization and indexing of materials O62% 82% 54% of patrons say they visit 50% libraries to seek help from a librarian, of Americans ages 16+ would be somewhat or 13% very likely to use an "ask a librarian" service, of Americans ages 16+ would be somewhat or very likely to use a GPS app to locate materials in their library, of Americans ages 16+ say libraries should absolutely offer free youth literacy programs, of patrons say they visit libraries to research topics of interest, Develop budgets Supervise and train library staff Connect with communities What Does Library Science Teach? ORGANIZATION AND PROCESSING OF INFORMATION TODAY, THIS INCLUDES A LOT OF CONSIDERATION OF DATA AND DIGITALINFORMATION 20% of Americans ages 16+ say libraries should absolutely move 20% some books and stacks to make room for more tech spaces and event/meeting/reading rooms Metadata and database architecture courses may integrate data curation education within their curricula While 80% of Americans ages 16+ said book-borrowing is a "very important" service of libraries, 77% said the same about computer/Internet access 36% 36% say they should absolutely not do this, Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science, BOOKS ARE FOR SAVE THE TIME OF 1. 4. USE THE READER Libraries should provide efficient services, employing effective management techniques and talented librarians in order to do so Placing the emphasis on use of books rather than storage Books were once chained in order to prevent theft, but this discouraged free use and prevented loaning EVERY READER TO THE LIBRARY IS A L. HIS [OR HER]BOOK 5. GROWING ORGANISM All individuals should have access to libraries, and libraries should cater to all individuals and their interests Organizations should plan for growth in collections, patrons, and staff – which may result in the growth of the space and building itself EVERY BOOK TO 3. ITS READER Each item can be useful to one or more individuals, and the library should facilitate all items' availability (e.g., with open shelving) Rubin, Richard E. Foundations of Library and Information Science. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2004. Irterested in Library Management? Understanding the fundamentals of library and information science is the first step toward a promising career in efficient and effective library management. HTTP://LIBRARYSCIENCEDEGREE.USC.EDU SOURCES: Rubin, Richard E. Foundations of Library and Information Science. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2004.

Library Science 101

shared by jaclynlambert on Dec 15
Library science teaches the organization and processing of information. And with digital information in the mix, library science is a complex, yet rewarding field.


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