Information and Library Technologies

Information and Library Technologies (393.B0)

PROGRAM PLANNER FOR FALL 2020 OR LATER The following planner indicates all the courses needed and the usual path to complete your DEC in this program.

  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Information and Library Technologies.
Semester 1
ENGLISH | 603-101-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete four (4) English courses to obtain their DEC. Courses 603-102 and 603-103 may be taken in either order only after successfully completing 603-101. Course 603-200-MQ is the 4th and last English course required. Click here to view courses list. 

HUMANITIES | 345-1xx-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-1xx-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Introduction to the Profession | 393-JAA-03

This introduction to the functions and tasks in information management includes an overview of how the skills are used, how the profession has evolved and the types of employment available. There is also a focus on communication and interpersonal skills. This course must be taken in the first semester.

Information Sources and Services 1 | 393-JAB-AB

This course covers the basic principles and typical search and navigation features underlying most current search systems, including search engines, library catalogues and databases. There is also a focus on answering basic reference requests, instructing clients in how to find answers for themselves and using correct citation formats. This is the first of four courses in the Information Sources & Services (ISS) stream, and acts as a pre-requisite for ISS II.

Automation 1 | 393-JAC-AB

This course concentrates on the acquisition of advanced word processing and presentation software skills required in information services environments. Best practices for business e-mail and file management will also be covered. This course is a pre-requisite for the Automation II course.

Introduction to Organizations & Records Management | 393-JAD-AB

This course introduces basic concepts and procedures for the organization and maintenance of administrative and archival records. It includes organizational structures, federal and provincial legislation, the regulation and protection of personal information and the preservation of organizational memory. This course is a prerequisite for Records Management.


Semester 2
ENGLISH | 603-1xx-MQ

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list. 

FRENCH | 602-1xx-MQ

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list.

HUMANITIES | 345-1xx-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

Communication and Teamwork | 393-JBA-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JAA-AB
Students learn the basic theories of verbal and non-verbal interpersonal communication and their application in information management settings. They learn how to use good communication techniques with clients, supervisors and co-workers in a wide variety of situations such as needs assessments, interviews, story time, and conflict resolution. Teamwork is an important tool in the workplace, so students are taught basic teamwork models and, using these models, develop their group work skills while working on problems typical in information management.

Information Sources & Services II | 393-JBB-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JAB-AB
After this course students will be able to navigate the information landscape more effectively in order to identify and use the most appropriate types of sources to satisfy the information needs of clients. The focus is on the development of analytical and technical skills to use a wide range of information sources (both electronic and in print). This course systematically explores the nature, characteristics and scope of information sources including dictionaries, encyclopedia, almanacs, biographical sources, geographical sources, news sources, podcasts, images and video sources.  Students will gain experience analyzing reference questions to judge the most appropriate type of resources to find answers. Current standards used to discuss and measure information literacy in school and academic settings are examined. The roles and responsibilities of library technicians involved in reference work, and the ethical guidelines and challenges for providing information will also be discussed. This course is a prerequisite for Information Sources & Services III.

Automation II | 393-JBC-AB

Prerequisite: : 393-JAC-AB
In this course, students will learn to create spreadsheets for use in information services settings, for example, creating budgets and forecasts and incorporating the use of formulas and charts. Differences in structure between spreadsheet and database software will be discussed. Building on their word processing skills, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of document layout for the production of promotional material, and formatting for preservation (.pdf). Students will learn the principles of webpage design, using markup languages, including HTML coding and CSS.  Projects undertaken throughout the semester such as the creation of a newsletter and/or webpage will consolidate the skills. These skills are applied in such courses as Outreach and Public Relations, Collections and Services Management and Information Sources and Services IV.

Records Management | 393-JBD-AB

Prerequisite: : 393-JAD-AB
In this course the student will learn how to analyze the needs of an organization and how to plan and implement a records management program accordingly.  Paper and electronic records will be covered, as will manual and electronic management systems. This course is a prerequisite for Historical Archives.


Semester 3
ENGLISH | 603-1xx-MQ

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list. 

FRENCH | 602-2xx-AB

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-1xx-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Resource Description I | 393-JCA-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course focuses on the creation of descriptive cataloguing records for print, audiovisual and electronic documents with low to medium levels of complexity. It is a prerequisite for Resource description II and Subject headings.

Instructional Methods | 393-JCB-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course focuses on providing students with the knowledge to design, deliver and evaluate instructional sessions in information services environments. It covers the stages of cognitive development and age-level characteristics of typical learners, as well as learning theories and learning styles within diverse populations.

Subject Headings | 393-JCC-AB

Co-requisite: 393-JCA-AB
This course introduces the student to the use of subject headings used in cataloguing in English and French.  It provides practical experience in subject analysis, the application of headings and the maintenance of authority files.

Principles of Classification | 393-JCD-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of knowledge organization, classification and subject analysis. It is a pre-requisite for Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification and for Resource Description III.

Preservation & Treatment | 393-JCE-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course introduces to the concepts of preservation and conservation of all kinds of materials found in an information services environment. It includes textual and electronic documents, audio-visual materials and textiles. Conservation standards and emergency response measures, as well as minor book repairs, processing techniques  and planning  for shelving and storage needs will also be covered. This course is a prerequisite for Historical Archives.


Semester 4
ENGLISH | 603-200-AB

After successfully completing their 603-102 and 603-103 courses, students must choose a 603-200 course. Click here to view courses list. 

HUMANITIES | 345-21x-AB

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-103-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list. 

Resource Description II | 393-JDA-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JCA-AB
Students will build on knowledge acquired in the pre-requisite Resource Description I in order to create descriptive catalogue records for print, audiovisual and electronic documents of medium to high complexity in English and in French.  Choice of the various authorized access points and the retrieval, verification and use of copy cataloguing data is included. Students will also learn to retrieve and encode authority records.

Collections & Services Management | 393-JDB-AB

Pre-requisite: 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite: 393-JDC-AB
This course introduces the student to the theory and methodology of collection and user services.  The course will familiarize students with the knowledge, policies, procedures, and mechanics needed to provide efficient user-driven services relating to the development and maintenance of collections, as well as the circulation services required in order to provide access.  The course focusses on the management of collections of all types of materials in in various information settings.

Systems I | 393-JDC-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBC-AB
Automated library systems are at the core of library functions.  Past and current features and functions will be explored, as well as the elements that must be considered when libraries assess today’s systems requirements.   In a rapidly changing environment, library staff must be aware of technological trends that can be used to increase productivity.  Hands-on practice with various circulation modules is included. The course will also focus on acquiring skills in creating and using a generic relational database. Relational databases are at the heart of library information systems, so this software will be explored as a means to understanding the principles that underlie all relational databases. Students will practice assessing user requirements and learn the principles of database design. The last part of the course emphasizes hands-on experience designing, creating and querying a simple database in preparation for further work in the Systems II course.

Dewey Decimal Classification | 393-JDD-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JCD-AB
This course reinforces and builds on the knowledge of Dewey Decimal Classification gained in Principles of Classification. Students synthesize classification numbers using the Dewey Decimal schedules (in both print and electronic formats) and learn to work with copy-cataloguing data in a critical manner. Students work with different types of documents, emulating “real world” requirements.


Semester 5
COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list. 

Resource Description III | 393-JEA-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JCD-AB / 393-JDA-AB
Students will build on the techniques of subject analysis and of hierarchical structuring gained in Principles of Classification and in Resource Description II courses in order to create various types of subject descriptions to facilitate the retrieval of print, electronic and audiovisual documents. Through practical exercises students will learn the two major forms of abstracts. Issues of natural language and controlled vocabularies will be explored. Students will be introduced to the use and maintenance of thesauri and will gain experience in indexing periodicals, databases, websites and images. They will also gain experience in using such metadata schemes as Dublin Core to create item descriptions and to enhance website retrieval.

Information Sources & Services III | 393-JEB-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBB-AB
This course builds focuses on the process of identifying and using information sources within specialized domains. Students examine the characteristics and organization of information in several selected specializations – the major sources, types of reference interactions, specialized controlled vocabularies, client needs, etc. The specialized reference tools used to access government information, the organization of reference services in various settings, and the importance of the reference interview are also covered. Through an experiential learning component, students are able to observe and practice in a real reference setting.

Systems II | 393-JEC-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JDC-AB
Continuing the development of knowledge about information systems used in libraries and other information service environments, this course will focus on the process of selection, acquisition and migration of systems. The skills required to work with information technology personnel and the evaluation and improvement of systems is included. For the last part of the course, students consolidate their knowledge of relational database design and implementation through an extensive assignment that forms part of their comprehensive assessment.

Library of Congress Classification | 393-JED-AB

Prerequisite:393-JCD-AB / 393-JDA-AB / 393-JCC-AB
This course reinforces and builds on the knowledge gained in Principles of Classification. Students learn to apply the Library of Congress Classification scheme to all types of print, electronic and audiovisual documents, and to work with copy cataloguing data in a critical manner.

Historical Archives | 393-JEE-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBD-AB / 393-JCE-AB
This course focuses on the organization and management of historical archives centres. Collection appraisal, the rules for description, electronic systems and processing procedures are covered, as well as general management and space planning.

Acquisitions | 393-JEF-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBC-AB / 393-JDB-AB
In this course students learn each step in the ordering and receiving processes for a wide variety of materials. This includes use of appropriate acquisitions methods, bibliographic sources, choice of vendors, the use of automated acquisitions and serials control systems, and the keeping of financial records that respect budget requirements.

Outreach & Public Relations | 393-JEG-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBA-AB / 393-JCB-AB
This hands-on course focuses on the promotion and delivery of the various types of outreach and marketing activities provided by libraries, records centres and archives. This includes target market analysis, the design of promotional plans and the scheduling and organization of activities. Students will design and implement recreational, educational and promotional activities.


Semester 6
Information Sources and Services IIII | 393-JFA-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JEB-AB / 393-JCB-AB
The last course in the information services stream has three major components: strategies for keeping professional knowledge current; the role of technicians in orienting and instructing users; and the exploration of various information management and collaboration tools that are currently used in the provision of information services.  Educational theories of instructional design will be revisited and students will have the opportunity to explore selected online tools such as citation managers and social networks. They will design, implement and present a training workshop related to the use of a specific tool.

Management Seminar | 393-JFB-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JDB-AB
Co-requisite: 393-JFC-AB
This seminar-based course focuses on the management of information departments and organizations. This includes organizational structures,  the analysis of organizational and user needs, the evaluation and improvement of services and the management of personnel.

Management of Organizational Operations | 393-JFC-AB

Co-requisite: 393-JFB-AB
This course focuses on the skills required to analyze and track budgets, to implement appropriate purchasing processes, to track and manage projects and to plan space usage. Using a project-management approach, students will demonstrate their abilities to plan, budget and implement projects.

Fieldwork I | 393-JFD-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JEE-AB / 393-JEA-AB
To augment classroom learning through practical experience, the students will undertake fieldwork in a records center, archives or related institution.  They will learn the application of professional techniques and procedures, gain experience in human interaction on the job and observe the relationship between the departments/sections. The fieldwork will also provide the students with the opportunity to explore their aptitude and preferences within the field. The classroom part of the course will give the students the chance to analyze and synthesize their experiences and to catch up with new developments.  The students will also demonstrate their ability to organize information in a records management setting through completion of the related Comprehensive Assessment.

Fieldwork II | 393-JFE-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JEB-AB / 393-JEC-AB / 393-JED-AB / 393-JEF-AB
To augment classroom learning through practical experience, students undertake fieldwork in a library, documentation/resource centre or related institution.  They learn the application of professional techniques and procedures, gain experience in human interaction on the job and observe the relationship among various departments/sections of the work environment in which they are placed.  Fieldwork also provides students with the opportunity to explore their aptitudes and preferences within the field.  Classroom discussions give students the chance to analyze and synthesize their experiences and to learn from the experiences of their colleagues.  so far. As part of this course, students will also have an opportunity to participate in mock interviews.


Students who already have a DEC (or all of their general education requirements) may complete the program in two years.

Semester 1
Introduction to the Profession | 393-JAA-03

This introduction to the functions and tasks in information management includes an overview of how the skills are used, how the profession has evolved and the types of employment available. There is also a focus on communication and interpersonal skills. This course must be taken in the first semester.

Information Sources and Services 1 | 393-JAB-AB

This course covers the basic principles and typical search and navigation features underlying most current search systems, including search engines, library catalogues and databases. There is also a focus on answering basic reference requests, instructing clients in how to find answers for themselves and using correct citation formats. This is the first of four courses in the Information Sources & Services (ISS) stream, and acts as a pre-requisite for ISS II.

Automation 1 | 393-JAC-AB

This course concentrates on the acquisition of advanced word processing and presentation software skills required in information services environments. Best practices for business e-mail and file management will also be covered. This course is a pre-requisite for the Automation II course.

Introduction to Organizations & Records Management | 393-JAD-AB

This course introduces basic concepts and procedures for the organization and maintenance of administrative and archival records. It includes organizational structures, federal and provincial legislation, the regulation and protection of personal information and the preservation of organizational memory. This course is a prerequisite for Records Management.

Resource Description I | 393-JCA-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course focuses on the creation of descriptive cataloguing records for print, audiovisual and electronic documents with low to medium levels of complexity. It is a prerequisite for Resource description II and Subject headings.

Instructional Methods | 393-JCB-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course focuses on providing students with the knowledge to design, deliver and evaluate instructional sessions in information services environments. It covers the stages of cognitive development and age-level characteristics of typical learners, as well as learning theories and learning styles within diverse populations.

Subject Headings | 393-JCC-AB

Co-requisite: 393-JCA-AB
This course introduces the student to the use of subject headings used in cataloguing in English and French.  It provides practical experience in subject analysis, the application of headings and the maintenance of authority files.

Principles of Classification | 393-JCD-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of knowledge organization, classification and subject analysis. It is a pre-requisite for Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification and for Resource Description III.

Preservation & Treatment | 393-JCE-AB

Pre-requisite (393.B0): 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite (393.B1): 393-JAA-AB
This course introduces to the concepts of preservation and conservation of all kinds of materials found in an information services environment. It includes textual and electronic documents, audio-visual materials and textiles. Conservation standards and emergency response measures, as well as minor book repairs, processing techniques  and planning  for shelving and storage needs will also be covered. This course is a prerequisite for Historical Archives.


Semester 2
Communication and Teamwork | 393-JBA-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JAA-AB
Students learn the basic theories of verbal and non-verbal interpersonal communication and their application in information management settings. They learn how to use good communication techniques with clients, supervisors and co-workers in a wide variety of situations such as needs assessments, interviews, story time, and conflict resolution. Teamwork is an important tool in the workplace, so students are taught basic teamwork models and, using these models, develop their group work skills while working on problems typical in information management.

Information Sources & Services II | 393-JBB-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JAB-AB
After this course students will be able to navigate the information landscape more effectively in order to identify and use the most appropriate types of sources to satisfy the information needs of clients. The focus is on the development of analytical and technical skills to use a wide range of information sources (both electronic and in print). This course systematically explores the nature, characteristics and scope of information sources including dictionaries, encyclopedia, almanacs, biographical sources, geographical sources, news sources, podcasts, images and video sources.  Students will gain experience analyzing reference questions to judge the most appropriate type of resources to find answers. Current standards used to discuss and measure information literacy in school and academic settings are examined. The roles and responsibilities of library technicians involved in reference work, and the ethical guidelines and challenges for providing information will also be discussed. This course is a prerequisite for Information Sources & Services III.

Automation II | 393-JBC-AB

Prerequisite: : 393-JAC-AB
In this course, students will learn to create spreadsheets for use in information services settings, for example, creating budgets and forecasts and incorporating the use of formulas and charts. Differences in structure between spreadsheet and database software will be discussed. Building on their word processing skills, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of document layout for the production of promotional material, and formatting for preservation (.pdf). Students will learn the principles of webpage design, using markup languages, including HTML coding and CSS.  Projects undertaken throughout the semester such as the creation of a newsletter and/or webpage will consolidate the skills. These skills are applied in such courses as Outreach and Public Relations, Collections and Services Management and Information Sources and Services IV.

Records Management | 393-JBD-AB

Prerequisite: : 393-JAD-AB
In this course the student will learn how to analyze the needs of an organization and how to plan and implement a records management program accordingly.  Paper and electronic records will be covered, as will manual and electronic management systems. This course is a prerequisite for Historical Archives.

Resource Description II | 393-JDA-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JCA-AB
Students will build on knowledge acquired in the pre-requisite Resource Description I in order to create descriptive catalogue records for print, audiovisual and electronic documents of medium to high complexity in English and in French.  Choice of the various authorized access points and the retrieval, verification and use of copy cataloguing data is included. Students will also learn to retrieve and encode authority records.

Collections & Services Management | 393-JDB-AB

Pre-requisite: 393-JAA-AB
Co-requisite: 393-JDC-AB
This course introduces the student to the theory and methodology of collection and user services.  The course will familiarize students with the knowledge, policies, procedures, and mechanics needed to provide efficient user-driven services relating to the development and maintenance of collections, as well as the circulation services required in order to provide access.  The course focusses on the management of collections of all types of materials in in various information settings.

Systems I | 393-JDC-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBC-AB
Automated library systems are at the core of library functions.  Past and current features and functions will be explored, as well as the elements that must be considered when libraries assess today’s systems requirements.   In a rapidly changing environment, library staff must be aware of technological trends that can be used to increase productivity.  Hands-on practice with various circulation modules is included. The course will also focus on acquiring skills in creating and using a generic relational database. Relational databases are at the heart of library information systems, so this software will be explored as a means to understanding the principles that underlie all relational databases. Students will practice assessing user requirements and learn the principles of database design. The last part of the course emphasizes hands-on experience designing, creating and querying a simple database in preparation for further work in the Systems II course.

Dewey Decimal Classification | 393-JDD-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JCD-AB
This course reinforces and builds on the knowledge of Dewey Decimal Classification gained in Principles of Classification. Students synthesize classification numbers using the Dewey Decimal schedules (in both print and electronic formats) and learn to work with copy-cataloguing data in a critical manner. Students work with different types of documents, emulating “real world” requirements.


Semester 3
Resource Description III | 393-JEA-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JCD-AB / 393-JDA-AB
Students will build on the techniques of subject analysis and of hierarchical structuring gained in Principles of Classification and in Resource Description II courses in order to create various types of subject descriptions to facilitate the retrieval of print, electronic and audiovisual documents. Through practical exercises students will learn the two major forms of abstracts. Issues of natural language and controlled vocabularies will be explored. Students will be introduced to the use and maintenance of thesauri and will gain experience in indexing periodicals, databases, websites and images. They will also gain experience in using such metadata schemes as Dublin Core to create item descriptions and to enhance website retrieval.

Information Sources & Services III | 393-JEB-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBB-AB
This course builds focuses on the process of identifying and using information sources within specialized domains. Students examine the characteristics and organization of information in several selected specializations – the major sources, types of reference interactions, specialized controlled vocabularies, client needs, etc. The specialized reference tools used to access government information, the organization of reference services in various settings, and the importance of the reference interview are also covered. Through an experiential learning component, students are able to observe and practice in a real reference setting.

Systems II | 393-JEC-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JDC-AB
Continuing the development of knowledge about information systems used in libraries and other information service environments, this course will focus on the process of selection, acquisition and migration of systems. The skills required to work with information technology personnel and the evaluation and improvement of systems is included. For the last part of the course, students consolidate their knowledge of relational database design and implementation through an extensive assignment that forms part of their comprehensive assessment.

Library of Congress Classification | 393-JED-AB

Prerequisite:393-JCD-AB / 393-JDA-AB / 393-JCC-AB
This course reinforces and builds on the knowledge gained in Principles of Classification. Students learn to apply the Library of Congress Classification scheme to all types of print, electronic and audiovisual documents, and to work with copy cataloguing data in a critical manner.

Historical Archives | 393-JEE-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBD-AB / 393-JCE-AB
This course focuses on the organization and management of historical archives centres. Collection appraisal, the rules for description, electronic systems and processing procedures are covered, as well as general management and space planning.

Acquisitions | 393-JEF-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBC-AB / 393-JDB-AB
In this course students learn each step in the ordering and receiving processes for a wide variety of materials. This includes use of appropriate acquisitions methods, bibliographic sources, choice of vendors, the use of automated acquisitions and serials control systems, and the keeping of financial records that respect budget requirements.

Outreach & Public Relations | 393-JEG-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JBA-AB / 393-JCB-AB
This hands-on course focuses on the promotion and delivery of the various types of outreach and marketing activities provided by libraries, records centres and archives. This includes target market analysis, the design of promotional plans and the scheduling and organization of activities. Students will design and implement recreational, educational and promotional activities.


Semester 4
Information Sources and Services IIII | 393-JFA-AB

Prerequisite: 393-JEB-AB / 393-JCB-AB
The last course in the information services stream has three major components: strategies for keeping professional knowledge current; the role of technicians in orienting and instructing users; and the exploration of various information management and collaboration tools that are currently used in the provision of information services.  Educational theories of instructional design will be revisited and students will have the opportunity to explore selected online tools such as citation managers and social networks. They will design, implement and present a training workshop related to the use of a specific tool.

Management Seminar | 393-JFB-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JDB-AB
Co-requisite: 393-JFC-AB
This seminar-based course focuses on the management of information departments and organizations. This includes organizational structures,  the analysis of organizational and user needs, the evaluation and improvement of services and the management of personnel.

Management of Organizational Operations | 393-JFC-AB

Co-requisite: 393-JFB-AB
This course focuses on the skills required to analyze and track budgets, to implement appropriate purchasing processes, to track and manage projects and to plan space usage. Using a project-management approach, students will demonstrate their abilities to plan, budget and implement projects.

Fieldwork I | 393-JFD-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JEE-AB / 393-JEA-AB
To augment classroom learning through practical experience, the students will undertake fieldwork in a records center, archives or related institution.  They will learn the application of professional techniques and procedures, gain experience in human interaction on the job and observe the relationship between the departments/sections. The fieldwork will also provide the students with the opportunity to explore their aptitude and preferences within the field. The classroom part of the course will give the students the chance to analyze and synthesize their experiences and to catch up with new developments.  The students will also demonstrate their ability to organize information in a records management setting through completion of the related Comprehensive Assessment.

Fieldwork II | 393-JFE-AB

Prerequisites: 393-JEB-AB / 393-JEC-AB / 393-JED-AB / 393-JEF-AB
To augment classroom learning through practical experience, students undertake fieldwork in a library, documentation/resource centre or related institution.  They learn the application of professional techniques and procedures, gain experience in human interaction on the job and observe the relationship among various departments/sections of the work environment in which they are placed.  Fieldwork also provides students with the opportunity to explore their aptitudes and preferences within the field.  Classroom discussions give students the chance to analyze and synthesize their experiences and to learn from the experiences of their colleagues.  so far. As part of this course, students will also have an opportunity to participate in mock interviews.


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