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LTA 1103: Acquisition of Library Materials

LTA 1103: Acquisition of Library Materials teaches the Library Technical Assistant how to acquire materials — from the decision to obtain them to the time they are ready to be cataloged and shelved. Automation techniques are incorporated into course materials.

Course Goals:

To prepare students to identify and to work effectively with the various aspects of a library's acquisitions procedures for books, audiovisual materials, and serials: verifying titles, preparing order forms, setting up order files, and checking in materials.
To acquaint students with the components of a materials selection policy and the importance of having a policy to guide selection.
To introduce the major selection tools for each of these selection areas: reference, adult books, juvenile books, serials, and audiovisual materials and databases.
To acquaint students with verification tools for each of the above areas.
To present the main features of both manual and automated acquisitions systems.
To introduce special aspects of the acquisitions process, weeding of the collection, bindery operations, gifts and exchange, supply ordering, preservation and shelving.
To explain basic accounting procedures for the acquisitions department.

Course Expectations:

LTA 1103 Online is an interactive course that includes discussions, group assignments, and projects. This is not an independent self-paced course, but has deadlines for assignments and projects. Some assignments require you to visit a local library or to mail your work to the instructor. All quizzes and tests will be administered online. Expect to devote at least 6 to 10 hours to each unit. Some units may require additional time to complete.
Students likely to succeed in this course tend to be highly responsible, self-motivated, and self-disciplined. Students should have no problem completing assignments even when the instructor is not there to remind them of the due dates.

Technical Requirements:

Minimum of a 28.8 modem. A 56K modem is recommended.
Internet connection from an Internet provider.
Version 5.0 or higher of a Web browser. Internet Explorer is recommended.
Windows Media Player or RealAudio Player. These are available as a free download from the Internet or may be already installed on your hard drive.
For more information about the Library Technology Program at College of DuPage, refer to our website.