Library Science Class

Library Science Syllabus

Course Description:

Library Science is a course designed to introduce students to the arrangement of the media center, classification of media materials according to the Dewey Decimal System, and the use and location of audiovisual and multimedia equipment. Hands-on experience and activities will develop skills in serving the school population in the media center. Written assignments completed through independent study will measure an understanding of the various aspects of the media center.

Classroom Rules:

1. Always come to class prepared. This includes bringing your assigned readings, pen, paper, notebook, homework, and other materials as needed.

2. Be respectful of others and their property. This includes classmates as well as the teacher. Please also be very respectful of the school environment and property.

3. Do not bring food, drink, or candy to class. Be present and be on time!

4. Refer to student handbook for guidelines for appropriate behavior in classes and corresponding disciplinary actions for infractions.

You are expected to be professional in your interaction with all clients of the media center-both faculty and students.

Unethical actions include but are not limited to:

  • Altering computer screens/programs - adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy found in the student Agenda book
  • Off task when on an errand for the Media Center staff
  • Not charging for school supplies
  • Taking money from the cash drawer

When in doubt check with one of the media staff members!

Consequence for unethical actions: Zero for weekly performance + disciplinary referral

Grading Procedures:

A= 90-100 B= 80-89 C=70-79 F= 69 and below

The semester grade will be tabulated as follows:

Daily Grades =50%

Special Projects as assigned =30%

Midterm / Final Exam = 20%


Any student cheating will be referred to the administration. Cheating is using and/or copying another person's work, idea, concept, etc or allowing someone to use or copy his/her work, idea, concept, etc. Also, for media and broadcast, cheating is even more specialized, as you must deal with adhering to the rules of copyright set forth in the FAIR USE LAW.

All Policies of the Rutland High School Handbook will be enforced, including, but not limited to:

  • Be respectful of each other and the environment
  • Do not work on assignments from other classes while in this class (they will be taken up and not returned) unless you are completely finished with your tasks and your shelves are in order.
  • Be prepared for class (books, pens, paper, etc)
  • Do not interfere with another student's ability to learn or the teacher's ability to deliver instruction

Please remember that you represent the media center staff. Customer service for all people who enter needs to be your top priority. If you need to, any assignment that needs to be completed before a deadline can be completed as homework.

Disclaimer: The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; all information contained in the course syllabus / calendar is subject to change. Any changes will be announced in class and a revised syllabus distributed to students to be shared with their parents / guardians.

Library Science Curriculum

Course Information

Grade Level: 11-12
Length of Course: Year-long
Type: Elective
Recommendation for Enrollment: Approval of media specialist

Brief Description of the Course - Library Science skills parallel those needed in many other occupations and life situations. Students learn skills which prepare them for future jobs requiring accuracy and attention to detail. Students will be exposed to a variety of subjects and materials that will encourage better education, personal reading, and career exploration.

Textbooks - None

Brief Outline of Course Content - Library Science will include:

  1. Providing pre-vocational training for students interested in a library career or in finding employment as media paraprofessionals or aides
  2. Enabling students to acquire extensive knowledge of media resources for use in their own school work and in assisting others
  3. Providing a service to the school
  4. Teaching students to work cooperatively as part of the media center team
  5. Instilling pride and self-confidence in students because of their responsibilities vis-a-vis teachers and fellow students.
  6. Fostering appreciation for books and libraries
  7. Understanding the responsibilities of media personnel
  8. Developing work habits and attitudes that will help students in any future career

Behavioral Objectives for Library Science - The skills assessed in the district's Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Math Computations proficiency tests will be taught and reinforced in a manner appropriate to the content of this course.

On teacher-selected tests, quizzes, checklists, and by observations, students will:

  1. Be able to use the library correctly
  2. Be able to assist patrons in a friendly, courteous, and business-like way
  3. Have an understanding of the classification system and material arrangement in a library
  4. Be able to locate, arrange, and shelve materials accurately for patron use
  5. Be able to follow and complete circulation procedures
  6. Use the computer to track and retrieve materials
  7. Complete written assignments or commensurate projects
  8. Maintain assigned shelves in a clean and orderly fashion so that patrons can find materials and inventory control as facilitated.
  9. Give assistance in the proper use of the on-line card catalog and reference collection
  10. Check out and check in returned material
  11. Shelve, file, and arrange books and AV material
  12. Inventory and put out current magazines
  13. Prepare displays
  14. Assist with inventories and shelf reading
  15. Arrange materials in both alphabetical and chronological order
  16. Demonstrate proficiency and continuing improvement in the following "workplace skills," as appropriate for the designated coursework
  1. Basic Employability Skills
    1. good grooming
    2. good manners, politeness and courtesy
    3. pride in a job well done
    4. honesty and high ethical standards
    5. punctuality
    6. good work attendance
    7. completes tasks independently
    8. good speaking skills
    9. good listening skills
    10. good penmanship
    11. follows directions
    12. basic keyboarding skills
    13. computer literacy
  2. Employee Relations Skills
    1. able to work with teams of people
    2. cooperative attitude
    3. good interpersonal skills
    4. collaborates to problem-solve
    5. respects authority
    6. high cultural respect and sensitivity
  3. Job Success Skills
    1. problem-solving skills
    2. decision-making skills
    3. critical thinking skills
    4. higher order thinking skills
    5. able to plan and complete a project
    6. willing to engage in lifelong learning
    7. math skills through algebra
    8. good reading and writing skills
    9. good articulation skills
    10. good study skills
    11. meets increasingly higher expectations
    12. bilingual
    13. able to use technical tools correctly and safely
    14. able to change from task to task
    15. knows how to learn what one doesn't know
    16. knows how to build upon what is known
    17. is a self-starter

Assessment Procedures - The following is a list of techniques that may be used in assessing student progress and/or achievement:

  1. Tests on library skills developed by site librarian
  2. Attendance/punctuality records
  3. Checklists on accuracy of duties performed
  4. Observation of willingness to do assigned tasks
  5. Achievement on a final examination developed by site librarian and relating to general as well as individual site media materials
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