Foundation of Library Science

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Course code E120500C2202

Course titleFoundation of Library Science

. Scheduled total credits 24 experiments:  0   credits   credits  2   termⅠ  

Teaching methodPPT/Case study    

Assessment methodExam and Essay Report

Ⅱ.Compatible MajorLibrary, Information and Archive Management Science

.Prerequisite course: None


By this course, students can clarify the basic disciplinary concepts and problems, master the subject theoretical development, the new features, theories and methods, and familiarize themselves with library work and organized workflow; broaden horizons, set up professional consciousness and lay the foundation for the study of library science major courses; enable to understand the basic theories and development, as well as to grasp the development trend of modern library science to meet the needs of future work.

Ⅴ. Contents of the Syllabus and the Scheduled Study Hours:

Chapter 1 Introduction (basic issues of library science)          2 credits hours

Contents: The evolution and development of research objects of library science both at home and abroad, clarifying the connotation and denotation of the concept of library information science and establishing one's own conception of library science.

1.1 Research object exploration process of foreign library science

1.2 Research object exploration process of domestic library science

1.3 Looking at the development of library science from doctoral dissertation perspective

1.4 Concepts of library information science

1.5 Discussion: what is library science?

Chapter 2 Basic Concepts of Library Science - Data, Information, Knowledge, Works and Literature                                                               2 credits hours

Contents: start with the basic concepts, analyzing the basic units of the research in library information science. By understanding these concepts, clarify the object, meaning and principle of library work and research.

2.1 Concept defining: data, information, knowledge, works and literature

2.2 Information, works and document properties

2.3 Relevance of information, works, and literature

Chapter 3 Basic Library information career and subject and social information exchange system                                                             3 credits hours

Contents: Under the background of library occupation in social communication system, it tells the principle of information exchange, the historical evolution of information exchange system and its causes and essence and the status and function of library as an occupation in the whole social information exchange system. Libraries are not isolated, but rather socially relevant. Construct the knowledge system of library and information science to set a clear disciplinary position.

3.1 Information exchange

3.2 Information technology and social communication system

3.3 Library Information occupation

3.4 Knowledge system of library information science

3.5 Positioning of library information science

Chapter 4 Librariry and its social functions              (3credits hours)

Contents: Describe the basic concept, development and morphological changes, nature, functions and main types of library to enable students to understand the basic issues such as the definition, connotation, attributes, functions and types of the library.

4.1 Concept and form of Library

4.2 The origin and development of the library

4.3 Library properties

4.4 Library social functions

4.5 Library type

Chapter 5 Information Retrieval and Utilization in Library Science Study (2 credits hours)

Contents: Summarize the main information sources, information retrieval strategies and methods, and the information compilation and utilization to enable students to understand and acquire the information of the disciplinary development and research and master the basic academic research methods and processes.

5.1 Information sources

5.2 Information retrieval strategy

5.3 Information complication and utilization

Chapter 6 Library information resources Construction         (3 credits hours)

Contents: To understand the basic theory of information resources construction and the latest theoretical progress and collection development and construction policies, and construction methods and theories of the latest resource types, such as e-books and open access to resources.

6.1 Construction theory of information resources

6.2 Construction policies of information resources

6.3 Collection Information Resource Management

6.4 E-book collection construction

6.5 Theories and methods of open access to resource construction

Chapter 7 Library User Services                           (6 credits hours)

Contents: Based on users' demands, outline the concepts and contents of user services, and introduce the current new services, theories and methods of evaluating service effectiveness.

7.1 User information demands

7.2 User service concept

7.3 Library user service

7.4 Resource Discovery

7.5 Document delivery and interlibrary lending

7.6 Special information service

7.7 Disciplinary Services

7.8 Space Services

7.9 Mobile library services

7.10 Information literacy education

7.11 Library post changes

7.12 User service reviews

Chapter 8 User and user information behavior             (3 credits hours)

Content: Based on the users' view, explore the perspectives, theories, models and methods of library users' information behavior.

8.1 Information behavior related concepts

8.2 Information search behavior contexts and situations

8.3 Occurrence of information search behavior

8.4 Information search behavior process and relevant factors model

8.5 Theoretical perspective of existing information behavior studies

Ⅵ. Teaching materials and references:

1. H.K. Foundation of Library and Information Science

2. Roger C. Greer, Robert J. Grover, Susan G. Fowler. Introduction to the Library and Information Science

3. Yu Liangzhi. Library Introduction to Library Science [M]. Beijing: Science Press, 2016

4. Xu Yinchi, Huo Guoqing. Modern Library Science Theory [M]. Beijing: Beijing Library Press, 1999

5. Wang Zizhou. What is Library Science [M]. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2008

6. Fan Bingsi, Peng Wei. Basic Theory of Library and Information Science in the 20th Century [G] // Dai weimin. Library and Information Science in the 20th Century . Beijing: Beijing Library Press, 2002

7. Chu Jingli. Compound Library Theory and Method [M]. Shanghai: Shanghai Jiaotong University Press, 2009

Ⅶ. Instructor (Group): Yang Zhigang

. Outline writer: Yang Zhigang

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