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The Public Library - 60608
Kent State University School of Library & Information Science
Spring Term - 15 January - 3 May, 2006
Class held at the State Library of Ohio. 274 E 1st. Ave. Suite #100
Columbus , Ohio 43201

Instructor, Jay Burton
Spring Term Course Information
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Course Description:

For those students currently working in a public library setting or those contemplating employment as professional librarians in a public library, this course is designed to offer an exploration and discussion of the Public Library in the United States.

We'll look at the programs and services, organization and history, trends, challenges and other factors that make-up the public library and when it's all'll either be glad you've elected to work in a public library...or steer towards academic, special or some other type of library.

Course Objectives:

1. Provide some general knowledge and a brief overview of the public library tradition and history in the United States.

2. Survey and discuss Public Library services, programs, and standards.

3. Discuss and review recommended library service measures and the procedures for data collection and application.

4. Discuss and review the role, mission, and constituencies of the public library.

5. Review and discuss the political organization and setting of the public library.

6. Examine various funding options for public libraries.

7. Review and collect a bibliography of professional organizations and other literature.

8. Provide an opportunity for individual and group study that encourages critical thinking and practical application to your current or future position.