Course Catalog with Descriptions

Overview, Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced Courses and Electives for the AU Libraries Career Ladder Program

Overview | Introductory | Intermediate | Advanced | Electives


OVERVIEW COURSES


Course Name: Overview of the Libraries and the Library Profession
Course Number: OV 100

This course is designed to introduce the basic functions of libraries in general and of Auburn University Libraries in particular, and to introduce the employee to his or her position within the organization. Participants will acquire a basic knowledge of library terminology, gain a broad overview of the concepts of copyright and intellectual freedom, become acquainted with the Library Bill of Rights, be introduced to the major professional associations, gain a basic knowledge of the AU Libraries' mission, its history, and its organizational structure, and acquire a working knowledge of the physical layout of the libraries.

Max. Enrollment: 36
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Overview of Reference Services
Course Number: RS 101

This course furnishes an overview of reference and reference services. Attendees will gain the experience of participating in an information literacy session, and discuss the qualifications needed by reference librarians and the mechanics of the reference interview.

Max. Enrollment: 14
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Overview of Access Services
Course Number: AS 101

In this course, the participant will become acquainted with the processes and functions of the units in Access Services. Specifically, they will gain an introduction to circulation, reserve and document delivery procedures and will acquire a basic understanding of the role of stack maintenance.

Max. Enrollment: 8
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Overview of Technical Services
Course Number: TS 101

This course provides a broad overview of the basic functions performed by Technical Services staff (Acquisitions and Cataloging), and their roles in the libraries' operation. The course is comprised of two components, both of which must be completed to earn credit for the class. They are:
TS 101a -- Acquisitions component, max enrollment 10, duration 1 hour
TS 101c -- Cataloging component, max enrollment 10, duration 1 hour

Course Name: Overview of Systems
Course Number: TS 102

This course will provide an understanding of what software products are supported on the employee's desktop, where the training takes place, what to do if you have a question or problem with your computer, who to contact for assistance, and what responsibilities the staff have in the Systems Dept.

Max. Enrollment: 8
Duration: 2 hours


INTRODUCTORY COURSES


Course Name: Introduction to Reference Services
Course Number: RS 201

The objectives of this course are to introduce the student to the staff, services and operations of the RBD, LADC and CVM libraries, the Special Collections department, and to provide a working vocabulary of Archival terminology. The participant will gain an understanding of reference services and the basic reference interview, acquire the necessary skills to conduct such an interview, learn when and where to refer questions, and develop a working knowledge of two commonly-used databases and search strategies. The course is comprised of four components, all of which must be completed to earn credit for the class. They are:
RS 201m -- RBD component, max enrollment 36, duration 2 hours
RS 201sa -- Spec/Archives component, max enrollment 10, duration 1 hour
RS 201a -- Architecture Library component, max enrollment 8, duration 1 hour
RS 201v -- Veterinary Library component, max enrollment 8, duration 1 hour

Course Name: Introduction to Access Services
Course Number: AS 201

The Introduction to Access Services course provides an understanding of Access Services at Auburn, and its role within the libraries. Participants will gain a general understanding of the units and functions of Access Services, learn basic circulation procedures and rules, become acquainted with reserve and e-reserve operations, and acquire a basic understanding of document delivery functions. The course is comprised of three components, all of which must be completed to earn credit for the class. They are:
AS 201cr -- Circulation/Reserve component, max enrollment 36, duration 2 hours
AS 201d -- Document Delivery component, max enrollment 8, duration 2 hours
AS 201s -- Stacks Maintenance component, max enrollment 5, duration 2 hours

Course Name: Introduction to Technical Services
Course Number: TS 201

This course examines the functions of Technical Services, and imparts a general understanding of Acquisitions and Cataloging functions and procedures. Participants will develop a general understanding of the acquisition and processing of monographs, acquire a general overview of serials acquisitions and processing, become acquainted with cataloging and classification, and gain an introduction to the Physical Processing and Binding & Receiving units. The participant will also acquire a basic understanding of the AU Libraries' network configuration, including directory/drive locations on the network servers, gain knowledge of the Voyager system/server configurations, develop a working knowledge of global IDs as well as proper procedures for computer shutdown, be introduced to trouble shooting techniques and, gain a broader acquaintance with GroupWise. The course is comprised of three components, all of which must be completed to earn credit for the class. They are:
TS 201a -- Acquisitions component, max enrollment 7, duration 2 hours
TS 201c -- Cataloging component, max enrollment 7, duration 2 hours
TS 201s -- Systems component, max enrollment 36, duration 2 hours

Course Name: Introduction to Collection Development
Course Number: CD 201

This course is intended to offer an overview of collection development processes at Auburn. Attendees will acquire a basic understanding of the budget for books, journals, and other library materials and the ways in which the needs of students and scholars are reflected in Auburn's acquisition and budgeting decisions and processes.

Max. Enrollment: 18
Duration: 6 hours

 

INTERMEDIATE COURSES


Course Name: Intermediate Main Reference
Course Number: RS 301

The intermediate main reference course is designed to further acquaint staff with reference terminology as well as print and electronic resources, along with the retrieval and transmittal of materials. Attendees will learn from direct hands-on experience appropriate resource selection of various types of materials including databases and internet sites, searching techniques and retrieval of information.

Max. Enrollment: 36
Duration: 5 hours (in two sessions)

Course Name: Intermediate Archives & Special Collections
Course Number: RS 302

Intermediate Archives: The intermediate session provides an overview of how archival concepts are applied at Auburn. This will include a review of policy and procedure documents related to appraisal, arrangement, description, and access to the archives. Intermediate Special Collections: While the Special Collections component of the Introduction to Reference Services focused primarily on collections, the intermediate course will focus primarily on functions. Each major function of the department will be explained and demonstrated. These functions include: Reference, Collection Development, Maps and Geographic Information Systems, Microfilming, Preservation & Serials. Participants will undertake a series of exercises to identify materials in the collections using AubieCat.

Max. Enrollment: 8
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Intermediate Branch Libraries
Course Number: RS 303

The intermediate branch class is designed to acquaint staff with specific print, media, and online resources in the 2 branch libraries. Attendees will learn which resources to access for specific reference settings and receive hands-on training with print and online resources. In addition, attendees will receive basic skills training in branch library functions such as circulation, reserve, and collection development. Prerequisite: Intermediate Main Reference. The course is comprised of two components, both of which must be completed to earn credit for the class. They are:
RS 303a -- Architecture Library component, max enrollment 8, duration 2 hours
RS 303v -- Veterinary Library component, max enrollment 8, duration 2 hours

Max. Enrollment: 8
Duration: 4 hours (in two sessions)

Course Name: Intermediate Access Services/Circulation
Course Number: AS 301

Intermediate AS/Circulation will provide ongoing information about Circulation. The information will become more in-depth and cover more complex tasks involved in the operations of Circulation. Some of the tasks covered will include charging and discharging procedures and how to process these items, creating patron records, processing new books and handling patron problems.

Max. Enrollment: 10
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Intermediate Access Services/Document Delivery
Course Number: AS 302

Intermediate AS/Document Delivery will cover the tasks involved in the operation of Document Delivery. This will include the use of Voyager, OCLC, CLIO and Ariel.

Max. Enrollment: 5
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Intermediate Access Services/Reserve
Course Number: AS 303

Intermediate AS/Reserve will focus on providing information about traditional reserve. The information covered will become more in-depth and cover more complex tasks involved in the processing of traditional reserve items. These tasks include the completion of forms by the faculty, steps taken to place each item on Reserve, including adding professor's personal copies and the actual marking of each item. We will also discuss the removal of these items.

Max. Enrollment: 10
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Intermediate Access Services/Stacks Maintenance
Course Number: AS 304

In this course, the student will continue working with materials in the Library of Congress classification system. There will be hands-on activities related to shelving books and bound journals, shelving current issues of journals and newspapers, pulling current issues for binding, tracing for lost books, inserting updates and transmittals, retrieving items from closed stacks and shifting the collection.

Max. Enrollment: 5
Duration: 3 hours

Course Name: Intermediate Acquisitions
Course Number: TS 301

This course will have three components: 1) Firm Order, 2) Receiving, and 2) Serials Check-in. Discussion will include handling of problem orders and serials check-in problems. There will be hands-on exercises in all areas.

Max. Enrollment: 8
Duration: 4 hours

Course Name: Intermediate Cataloging
Course Number: TS 302

This course consists of several separate modules, 4 of which need to be taken in order to gain credit for the class. These short (usually 1 to 2 hour) modules are:

TS302a - MARC for Non-Catalogers
TS302b - Item Records and Barcodes
TS302c - Joy of Serials
TS302d - More Joy of Serials
TS302e - Serials Title Changes
TS302f - Series and Series Authority
TS302g - Intro to Subject Analysis
TS302h - URL Troubleshooting
TS302i - Serials Holdings
TS302j - Adding Reference Volumes
TS302k - Closed Stacks
TS302l - Electronic Theses & Dissertations
TS302m - Introduction to Maps
TS302n - Lost Books
TS302o - Government Documents & Microforms
TS302p - Introduction to Electronic Serials Cataloging and Maintenance TS302q - Basic OCLC Searching
TS302r - Access Reports for Cataloging Data
TS302s - OCLC Connexion pt.1
TS302t - OCLC Connexion pt.2
TS302u - Lib_Cathelp/Lib_Rush Demystified
TS302v - Expanded OCLC Searching

Consultation with the employee's supervisor is needed to determine which of the 4 modules is most appropriate for the participant.

Max. Enrollment: varies
Duration: varies



ADVANCED COURSES

Course Name: Advanced Reference
Course Number: RS 401

An independent study course with two tracks: Bibliographic Instruction (BI) and Reference. Participants will choose, with input from their supervisor, one or the other. The BI track will include observation of a variety of instruction courses with the ultimate outcome of assisting as back-up for a series of instruction classes and/or the production of a guide or webpage. The Reference track will include observation of reference desk activities, possible working on the Reference and/or Information Desk, and will culminate in the production of either a guide, a webpage, or a demonstration of a database in a particular subject area. Independent Study: Contact Linda Caudle to arrange enrollment

Course Name: Advanced Special Collections/Archives
Course Number: RS 403

This course will have an independent study format. The participants will meet for orientation and a suitable project will be assigned to each student.

Max. Enrollment: 8
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Advanced LADC Reference
Course Number: RS 404

The intent of the Advanced Course for LADC is to have staff more involved in resources in LADC and RBD which are directly related to student, faculty, and staff research in architecture, design, and building science. The course is designed to reacquaint staff with sources introduced in the intermediate course, introduce more sources of information, make staff more comfortable with interpreting these sources of information, and to know when to suggest them to library users. Print and electronic sources will be covered and there will questions aimed at determining which source to use and when to use it. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to evaluate reference sources.

The course will be four hours-two 2 hour sessions-held in LADC. Included will be some lecture and discussion of sources but staff will find it necessary to have some "hands on" time on their own. The 20 assigned questions will require staff to evaluate which source to use, actually use it to answer a reference question, and record the answer-and indicate WHY that specific source was consulted. Results of the assignments will be evaluated by the instructor and graded on a pass/fail option. When incorrect or no results are indicated, staff will be allowed to try the question again after consulting with the instructor. The instructor will work with staff as the proceed with completing the assignments to insure staff make the best use of their time. Independent Study: Contact Linda Caudle to arrange enrollment

Course Name: Advanced Access Services/Circulation
Course Number: AS 401

Advanced AS/Circulation will provide a more in-depth study of the more complex tasks of the Circulation unit. During this session we will cover financial processes and the handling of lost books.

Max. Enrollment: 5-8
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Advanced Access Services/ALLIES
Course Number: AS 402

Advanced Access Services/ALLIES will focus on providing more information about ALLIES. The class will cover in-depth and complex tasks involved with ALLIES. These tasks will include requesting (on-line and walk-up), filling, shipping, and receiving items from ALLIES libraries. In addition, participants will become familiar with ALLIES transactions from the viewpoint of the holding library and the pickup library.

Max. Enrollment: 5-8
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Advanced Access Services/Document Delivery
Course Number: AS 403

Advanced AS/Document Delivery will look at the Document Delivery process. This will include the use of OCLC and union lists, selection of potential lenders, verification of information as well as patron notification.

Max. Enrollment: 5
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Advanced Access Services/Stacks
Course Number: AS 404

This course will concentrate on stacks maintenance activities related to microforms and federal government publications. The student will learn how to shelve by the SuDoc system and will practice doing so. The various micro formats will be identified and practical experience in shelving them will be given.

Max. Enrollment: 5
Duration: 3 hours

Course Name: Advanced Cataloging (Cataloging Concentration)
Course Number: TS 403c

This class is designed to teach the finer points of copy cataloging. Its intended audience includes staff from the government documents unit and from the acquisitions department who also catalog.

Max. Enrollment: 8
Duration: 8 hours (over 4 days)

Course Name: Advanced Cataloging (Modules)
Course Number: TS 403m

This course consists of several separate modules, 6 of which need to be taken in order to gain credit for the class. These are usually short (1 to 2 hour) modules. They are listed above - see TS302 Intermediate Cataloging. Consultation with the employee's supervisor is needed to determine which 6 modules are most appropriate for the participant.

Max. Enrollment: varies
Duration: varies

Course Name: Advanced Serials Acquisitions
Course Number: TS 404

This class will cover the ordering and invoice process for periodical subscriptions and standing orders. Participants should have already taken Intermediate Acquisitions, as they will be expected to be familiar with Voyager purchase orders and invoices.

Max. Enrollment: 5
Duration: 2 hours

Course Name: Advanced Preservation
Course Number: TS 405

The Advanced Preservation course is divided into three sections. All three sections involve hands-on experience in the preservation process. The first section covers library binding. In this section, participants will learn the steps involved in the process in which loose issues become a bound volume. An emphasis on terminology will aid in the understanding of book construction. The second section covers disaster preparedness and recovery techniques. After coursework, participants will join in a disaster recovery drill. The third section will cover basic book repairs. Coursework will show participants how to assess book conditions, correctly re-attach loose pages, and perform minor reapirs to worn circulating volumes

TS405a - Library Binding for preservation
TS405b - Disaster preparedness and response
TS405c - Basic book repairs

Max. Enrollment: 6
Duration: 3 hours


LIBRARY ELECTIVES

Library Electives are in-house training sessions other than the Overview, Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced courses. They may be short courses/workshops on such topics as Library Safety, Book Preservation, or Periodicals Processing. Library-sponsored teleconferences and webinars are also considered library electives, as well as all in-house computer short courses.

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2011