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Course Information and Descriptions
LTA 210
Library Materials (3-0)
3 Hours
This course examines library collection functions. It provides a solid
background in the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to
develop, process, and maintain physical or virtual library collections.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better)
LTA 212
Technology in Libraries (2-2)
3 Hours
This course introduces the basic technological skills and knowledge
necessary for library work. It includes selection and evaluation of
media, hardware, and software in all areas of the library. Students
also investigate the library’s role in access to information,
technologies, and equipment.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better)
LTA 214
Cataloging and Classification (3-0)
3 Hours
This course introduces the basic theories, practices, tools, and
techniques of cataloging. It emphasizes descriptive cataloging of
diverse types of materials. Students are also introduced to
classification and subject cataloging.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better) or Consent of Instructor
LTA 230
Library Public Services (3-0)
3 Hours
This course provides an overview of the principles and practices of
providing public service to patrons in all types of libraries. It
explores access services functions including circulation, interlibrary
loan, reserves, collection maintenance, and library security. Students
will also learn the basic concepts of user privacy, customer service,
interpersonal relations, team work, and communication.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better)
LTA 232
Reference and Information Services (3-0)
3 Hours
Print, electronic, and Internet reference sources are explored. The
Reference Department is described in the context of public services.
Interpersonal skills in working with patrons are emphasized.
Prerequisite: LTA 121
LTA 234
Readers Advisory Services (3-0)
3 Hours
This course is an overview of the tools, principles, and practices of
readers’ advisory services. Students will learn how to assist users in
identifying materials for viewing and listening, recommend titles of
potential interest, and promote the library collection. Popular and
classic fiction, non-fiction, and various media are covered. The focus
is primarily on service to adults.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better)
LTA 250
Introduction to Youth Services (3-0)
3 Hours
This course examines service to children from birth through age
seventeen. It covers collection development, programming, readers’
advisory and reference services, information literacy, and explores
library programming and technology specifically for youth.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better) or Consent of Instructor
LTA 252
Administration of the School
Library Media Center (3-0)
3 Hours
An introduction to the mission of the school library or media center
and the role of the Library Information Specialist. Library resources
(print and electronic), collection development, reading promotion,
information literacy and technology are all examined. School library
standards, particularly in Illinois, and evaluation of services are
explored.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better)
LTA 274
Workplace and Supervisory
3 Hours
Skills for the LTA (3-0)
This course provides an overview of the principles and practices of
management, supervision, communication, and teamwork in the
library workplace. It explores basic concepts including employment
laws, leadership qualities, cooperation and collaboration,
interpersonal relations, staff recruitment and evaluation, conflict
resolution, budgeting, and marketing. Students will also gain an
understanding of library policies and procedures, relationships with
library governing boards, library vision, mission and goals, and
leadership roles for LTAs.
Prerequisite: LTA 121 (C or better) or Consent of Instructor
LTA 276
Supervised Field Practicum I (1-4)
3 Hours
This capstone course is for students pursuing the Certificate in the
Library Technical Assistant program. Supervised observation and
directed practice of paraprofessional experience in appropriate
academic, special, school, or public libraries allows students to
directly apply the theories learned during the course of the study.
Required seminars allow for discussion of issues related to the
library field, job seeking, and creation of a portfolio.
Prerequisite: LTA 210, LTA 212, LTA 214, LTA 230, LTA 232, LTA
274 (all C or better), and Consent of instructor.
LTA 278
Supervised Field Practicum II (1-6)
4 Hours
This capstone course is for students pursuing the Associate of
Applied Science in the Library Technical Assistant program or for
those in the certificate program who wish an expanded practicum
experience. Supervised observation and directed practice of
paraprofessional experience in appropriate academic, special, school,
or public libraries allows students to directly apply the theories
learned during the course of the study. Required seminars allow for
discussion of issues related to the library field, job seeking, and
creation of a portfolio.
Prerequisite: LTA 210, LTA 212, LTA 214, LTA 230, LTA 232, LTA
274 (all C or better), and Consent of instructor.
LTA 299
Special Topics Library Science (Variable) 1-3 Hours
Special topics in the field of library science which are outside of the
existing curriculum will be developed. Courses will provide an
opportunity for in-depth study of topics pertinent to both technical
and public services in public, school, academic, or special libraries.
May be taken four times, but any topic only once
Machine Tool Trades (MTT)
Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Division,
Room T102, (847) 543-2044
MTT 110 Machine Trades Blueprint Reading (3-0)
3 Hours
Designed to study the principles which are essential for visualization
and training in the interpretation of blueprints and sketches of
machine parts. Attention is given to representations of common
machine processes, special forms of dimensioning, sections,
auxiliary views, symbols, geometric tolerancing, machine sketching,
surface finished and other drafting and design principles.
295