School of Information Management & Systems
 Previously School of Library & Information Studies

 290-1 Design of Library Services. Spring 1999.
 3 units. CCN# 42739. Fridays 9-12. 107 South Hall.

Instructor: Michael Buckland 203A South Hall. (510) 642 3159.
Libraries Demystified!   Digital libraries explained.   Book banning and Internet filters.   Gender, efficiency, and librarians.   What is Knowledge Management?   UC's 20,000,000 rotting volumes.   Intellectual freedom vs Intellectual property.   Are libraries culturally neutral?   Libraries, like schools and the media, confront ideological and technological change. Explore the economics, politics, and technicalities of library services that support informed democracy, enable education, preserve cultural heritages, and promote corporate profits. Find out what librarians do. In doing so, become an empowered library user.   * For Graduate students, Juniors & Seniors, any Major.   * No prerequisites.
What's happening? See Schedule.   Topics and provisional program.   Readings.  
Brief weekly exercises to develop searching expertise: 1. Using MELVYL.   2. Internet Library.   3. Subject access.   4. Names in MELVYL.   Others. (Similar to those found in Infosys 142).
Assignments: 1. Me & Library Services.   2. Visit.   3. Managers.   4. Budget.   5. Accounting.   6. Abstracting and Indexing Services.   7. Social aspects of naming.   8. Critical path analysis.   Others.
Either a Portfolio / Study Guide or a Design Project.   Guide to Sources.
Grading: In-class tests and "Study guide", adjusted for attendance, participation, assignments & exercises. No final.
Course description: Three hours of lecture per week. General introduction for non-librarians to the purpose, organization, and administration of library services and their place in the institutions and communities they serve. The history, economics, politics, technicalities and cultural contexts of library services. The adoption of digital technology. Controversies, careers, and policy issues.
1. Lectures, guest lectures, videos, class discussion.
2. Required readings; also recommended and "resource" reading.
3. Assignments, exercises and creation of Portfolio / Study guides.
Expectations of students: Attendance, participation, careful writing, timeliness.