LTA 1101: Introduction to Libraries in the Information Age
An Introduction to different types of libraries and the information industry.
The role of the Library Technical Assistant (LTA) in all areas of the library
profession is explored. An overview of basic library and information research
methods and tools, both print and digital format is presented.
We will cover:
Upon successful completion of the course the student should be able to do the
- Explain the historical development of today's libraries.
- Compare and contrast the purposes, resources, and services provided by
public, school, special, and academic libraries.
- Describe the role and importance of automation in libraries.
- Access and use a variety of print and digital research tools to assist
in the creation of an original research project.
- Define and evaluate the role of the LTA in the areas of reference, acquisitions,
cataloging and classification, circulation, and public services.
- Create and present a research project that includes original research and
- Explain the purpose and functions of library systems and their significance
to all types of libraries.
- Explain the organization and arrangement of print and digital library materials.
- Explain the importance of a professional attitude in library work.
Who should take this course?
- Anyone interested in the library field. There are no course prerequisites.
This is the first in a series of nine courses in the Library and Information
Technology Program. This course counts as a “Contemporary Life Skills”
requirement for any Associate’s degree.
This course isn't for you if:
- You want to stay home: You will be visiting several libraries and interviewing
- You think distance education is an easy alternative: The workload is
the same as the on-campus courses.
- You think that you don't have opinions and/or you don't want to share the
ones you have: Part of your grade depends on class participation via the
class bulletin board.
- You are a procrastinator: Online courses have deadlines, too!
Introduction to Libraries in the Information Age
is the first course in the Library Technology Program. It is the prerequisite
for all other courses. For more information about the Library Technology Program
at College of DuPage, refer to our website.