Library Science

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Certificates of Completion

  • Customized Study in Library Science
  • Fundamentals of Library Science
  • Specialized Topics in Library Science
  • Children’s Literature

School Library Media Specialist Endorsement

In this Information Age, the role of libraries in providing for the knowledge needs of all sectors of the population is expanding. The changing needs of information management in our society have sparked an increasing demand for the work of library and information specialists who can organize, manage, and retrieve information from the vast storehouses that exist.

While libraries retain their traditional study tables and shelves full of books, increasingly they are being transformed to accommodate the rapidly evolving information technology. Electronic catalogs, online databases, CD-ROM and DVD products, the Internet and Web 2.0 tools provide almost unlimited access to the information people need for lifelong learning, and for both professional and recreational activities.

Employment opportunities in libraries remain steady. Acquiring, organizing and preserving, and providing access to the vast wealth of materials that exist in increasingly automated environments are ongoing challenges. Those who have strong skills in these areas will find themselves in great demand.

Library Science program graduates are prepared to work in numerous positions and settings, including public libraries and school or academic libraries. They may also choose from the wide spectrum of special library positions found in corporate, institutional, and government settings.

Additional information on career opportunities and salaries may be obtained from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, available online at http://www.bls.gov/oco.

Program Options

Besides the associate of applied science degree, the program offers four certificate options in library science skills. Courses required for the certificates may be applied to the associate of applied science degree. In addition, courses offered through this program may be applied to fulfill state requirements for a School Library Media Specialist Endorsement, for those with a teaching certificate.

NOTE: All of the certificate options and the associate degree may be completed entirely online. All courses with the “L SC” prefix are available only through online education.

L SC 100. Introduction to Libraries

3 Credits

Overview of libraries, including history and development, responsibilities of library personnel, types of libraries and services, and technology and trends. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 110. Reference and Information Resources I

3 Credits

Overview of reference services. Introduction to, and evaluation of, basic types of information resources (both print and electronic) and their application in libraries.

L SC 111. Introduction to Information Literacy in an Electronic Environment

3 Credits

Introduction to the basics of the research process; the organization, location and evaluation of information using print, non-print and electronic resources. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 112. Introduction to Consumer Health Information Literacy in an Electronic Environment

3 Credits

Introduction to consumer health information literacy; the process and organization, location, and evaluation of online information. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 120. Cataloging Basics I: Descriptive Cataloging

3 Credits

Introduction to descriptive cataloging. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 125. Cataloging Basics II: Classification and MARC Cataloging

3 Credits

Continuation of descriptive cataloging basics. Introduction to subject analysis, classification and MARC coding. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 130. Introduction to Technical Services in Libraries

3 Credits

Introduction to technical services in libraries, including acquisitions, bindery, cataloging, gifts, and serials. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 140. Multimedia Materials and Presentations in Libraries

3 Credits

Overview of media formats and equipment. Introduction to desktop publishing, presentations, and web-page creation applications in libraries. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 150. Library Services for Children and Young Adults

3 Credits

Library services for children and young adults with an overview of materials, programs, and services for this population. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 153. Picture Books and Young Children

1 Credit

If children are to enjoy reading they need to be exposed to books at an early age. This course will provide information to help guide librarians, preschool teachers, parents, and care givers in choosing appropriate books for those younger than six, and how to use books with this age group. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 154. State Children's Book Awards

1 Credit

Students will explore the state book award offered by their state. Students will read some of the books and plan library programs to promote the award. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 155. Award Winning Books for Children

1 Credit

A review of book awards and how to integrate award winning books into school curriculum or public school programming. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 156. Boys and Books

1 Credit

This course looks at why, in general, boys are less interested in books than girls. Students will discover ways libraries can encourage boys to read and develop activities and programs which entice them to do so. Students will also be reading some books recommended for boy readers. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 160. Introduction to Public Services in Libraries

3 Credits

Introduction to public services in libraries, including circulation, inter-library loan, reference, media services, special collections, and government documents. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 175. Civic Involvement in Library Science

1-3 Credits

Involvement in an organized community service project or group with a library or information technology component. Promotes awareness of volunteer and community service opportunities. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded: S/U. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 191. Children's Books and their Movie Adaptations

1 Credit

For almost as long as there have been popular books for children in the United States, there have been dramatic adaptations of them. What is gained, and lost, when children's books are adapted for the big screen? What is the relationship-or what should the connection be-between works of children's literature and their seemingly inevitable film adaptations? Students will be expected to read several children's books and view the movies based on them and make comparisons. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 192. Myths and Legends in Children's Literature

1 Credit

The student will explore myths and legends from diverse cultures; from European and Asian to those who have their roots in Africa and the Americas. Myths which are similar across several cultures will be compared.

L SC 193. Poetry for Children

1 Credit

This course will explore the genre of poetry for children. In this class, participants will focus on reading and reviewing poetry for kids, exploring poetry on the Web, and trying interactive approaches for sharing poetry with children. Topics include: study and analysis of poetry, ways to use poetry in the classroom, writing poetry with children. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 194. The Art of Picture Books

1 Credit

Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the processes of the creation of the visual aspects of children's books, including the development process from preliminary sketches and/or storyboard to the published book; various media and techniques; case studies of individual artists and works. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 195. Mysteries for Children

1 Credit

In this course the student will become familiar with a wide variety of mysteries for children. Ways to use mysteries in the classroom and school library will also be covered. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

L SC 196. Historical Fiction for Children

1 Credit

This course looks at historical fiction as a genre. Topics include: fiction vs. history, American history in children's literature, world history in children's literature, activities for using historical fiction in a school setting. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 197. Fantasy and Speculative Fiction

1 Credit

This course offers professionals serving school students the opportunity to increase your appreciation and knowledge of fantasy and speculative fiction through intense reading and discussion of representative works. The course will also investigate and consider options using fantasy and speculative fiction in a school setting. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 200. Collection Management and Development in Libraries

3 Credits

Principles of identifying, selecting, acquiring, managing, and evaluating resources for libraries. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 201. Public Libraries

3 Credits

A study of the American public library and its place in communities. Topics may include history, philosophy, and standards, operations and procedures, governance, funding, personnel materials, user services, outreach and advocacy. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 202. Academic Libraries

3 Credits

An examination of the functions of the library within the higher education environment. Topics may include history, philosophy, and organization, operations and procedures, governance, funding, personnel, materials, outreach, and user services. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 203. School Library Media Specialist

3 Credits

Principles and practice of managing the school library media center, with an emphasis on its specific educational mission. Topics may include collection development, classes and lesson plans, public relations, administrative procedures, and use of technology. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 210. Technology Planning in Libraries

3 Credits

Overview of computer applications in libraries. Topics may include automated systems and electronic resources, introduction to evaluation of technology, and writing a technology plan. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 220. Innovative Technology Applications for Libraries

3 Credits

A look at uses for innovative technologies in libraries. Topics may include blogs, wikis, podcasting and virtual reality libraries. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 221. Experiential Learning I

1-3 Credits

Student is employed (paid or non-paid) in an approved work site and evaluated by their supervisor. Each credit requires a specified number of hours of on-the job work experience. Consent of Instructor required. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit). Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

L SC 222. Experiential Learning II

1-3 Credits

Continuation of L SC 221. Each credit requires specified number of hours of on-the-job work experience. Consent of Instructor required. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit). Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

Prerequisite(s): L SC 221 and consent of instructor.

L SC 230. Issues and Ethics in Libraries

3 Credits

Discussions of current and continuing challenges to effective library service. Topics may include copyright, censorship, intellectual freedom, Internet filtering, problem patrons, security, or other current issues. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 234. Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

1 Credit

Philosophical and practical information related to library policies about access to library materials. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 235. Library Security and Safety

1 Credit

Strategies for safety and security planning in libraries. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 236. Banned Books

1 Credit

Banned books, selection policies, and responding to challenges. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 240. Internet Resources and Research Strategies

3 Credits

Introduction to retrieving and evaluating information found on the Internet and in selected Internet-accessible databases. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 250. Reference and Information Resources II

3 Credits

Evaluation and use of specialized information resources to offer reference services. Emphasis is on virtual reference and other innovative techniques. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 255. Special Topics

1-3 Credits

Special topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 260. Cataloging Non-Book Formats

3 Credits

Introduction to cataloging of various non-book formats and MARC coding. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 270. Library Science Capstone

3 Credits

A culmination of all technical courses that are required to receive an Associate of Applied Science from the program centering around the completion of a library related project. Discussions on the role of paraprofessionals in libraries. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 275. Fundamentals of Library Supervision

3 Credits

An introduction to supervision of library employees, including student assistants, to create a productive workplace. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 281. Grant Writing for Libraries

1 Credit

Introduction to grant writing for libraries. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 286. Children's Literature and the Primary Curriculum

3 Credits

The student will research the use of picture books and other children's literature across the curriculum with students in kindergarten through second grade. Topics include: using literature to teach writing, using literature to teach science, using literature to teach math, using literature to teach social studies. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 287. Children's Literature and the Intermediate Curriculm

3 Credits

The student will research the use of picture books and other children's literature across the curriculum with students in grades three through five. Topics include: using literature to teach writing, using literature to teach science, using literature to teach math, using literature to teach social studies. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 288. Children's Literature and the Middle School Curriculum

3 Credits

The student will research the use of picture books and other children's literature across the curriculum in grades six through eight. Topics include: using literature to teach writing, using literature to teach science, using literature to teach math, using literature to teach social studies. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 290. Introduction to Children's Literature for Libraries

3 Credits

This course will introduce current and potential library personnel to a wide variety of literature written for children. The course explores the history of children's literature and the path it has taken. Students will read many books from a variety of genre, explore the literary elements found in those books, and develop some evaluation criteria and ways for children to respond to the literature they read. Restricted to Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 291. Southwestern Children's Literature

1 Credit

This course will introduce students to books which can teach the children visiting your library more about the people and places of the southwest. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 292. Native American Children's Literature

1 Credit

This course will introduce students to some children's and young adult books written by and about Native Americans. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

L SC 295. Introduction to Young Adult Literature

3 Credits

The course will expose students to quality adolescent literature available for reading and study in middle and high school classes. It provides a broad survey of young adult literature and focuses on building an appreciation of literature, encouraging student reading, developing life-long readers, and developing activities for critical thinking. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 296. Multicultural Books for Children and Youth

3 Credits

This course explores a wide range of multicultural children's literature including: African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Jewish, and Middle Eastern. Topics covered include: nonfiction of the cultures, historical fiction of the cultures, and contemporary literature of the cultures. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

L SC 298. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Individual studies directed by consenting faculty with prior approval of department chair. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Restricted to: Dona Ana campus only.

Name: Shannon Bradley, Department Chair

Office Location: DAAR 100C

Phone: (575) 528-7338 or 527-7629

Website: https://dacc.nmsu.edu/lsc/