Course Descriptions

IMD 114, Information Literacy

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course is an introduction to the use of information resources, both traditional print materials and online materials, for academic and professional research. Topics include development of search strategy evaluation of resources, use of database search techniques, ethical and legal aspects of information management and documentation of sources. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
  • Note: this course is required for the Northern Kentucky University Bachelor's Degree in Library Informatics.

LIT 115, Introduction to Reference Services

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course presents an introduction to library reference sources and services. Reference interview techniques, use of standard print and online reference tools, bibliographic databases, web search engines and subject guides, and online full-text books, periodicals, documents, and interlibrary loan services are among the topics included. This is a web-based distance course that involves service learning activities. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 124, Library Administration

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course provides an introduction to basic principles of library organization and management. Emphasis is on the practical application of management concepts to the effective administration of library systems. This is a web-based distance course. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 132, Library Technical Services

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course is an introduction to library technical services. Acquisitions, processing, cataloging and classification are introduced. This is a web-based distance course. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 200, Seminar in Kentucky Literature

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This is an online or computer-assisted seminar course in Kentucky literature recognizing, examining, and studying distinct regional differences and similarities with concentration on major contemporary and traditional Kentucky writers and their texts. Topics will vary, from a group of authors, and historical period or aesthetic movement, to a genre, a theme, or an aspect of literary theory. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 240, Literature of Appalachian Kentucky

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This is an online or computer-assisted introductory survey course in the Appalachian literature of Kentucky concentrating on the major contemporary and traditional writers who are distinctly identified with that region. Approaches may include a group of authors, an historical period or aesthetic movement, a genre, a theme, or an aspect of literary theory. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 242, Literature of Western Kentucky

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This is an online or computer-assisted introductory survey course in the literature of Western Kentucky which concentrating on the major contemporary and traditional writers who are distinctly identified with that region. Approaches may include a group of authors, an historical period, or aesthetic movement, a genre, a theme or an aspect of literary theory. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 243, Library Services for Children

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course is a study of library services for children. Topics include library programming development and production, children's literature, collection development, Internet resources, and legal issues. This is a web-based distance course that involves service learning activities. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 245, Library Services for Young Adults

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course is a study of library services for young adults from 6th to 12th grades. Topics include programming, collection development, the use of the Internet, and ethical and legal issues. Emphasis is on the development and promotion of young adult library services. This is a web-based distance course that involves service learning activities. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor.

LIT 247, Library Services for Adults

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This is a study of library services for adults. Topics include adult literature, collection development reader's advisory service, programming, circulation services, reference services, and customer relations. This is a web-based distance course that involves service learning activities. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 248, Library Services for Preschool Children

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course is a study of library services for preschool children, age infant to 5 years. Topics include library programming development and production, preschool children's literature, services for parents and for child care services, collection development, and legal issues. This is a web-based distance course that requires service learning activities. Prerequisite: LIT 115. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 280, Genealogy Services in Libraries

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course prepares librarians to provide quality services to genealogical patrons. Topics include: definitions of genealogy and motivations of patrons; genealogical data, sources, and research methods; reference interviews; orientation of patrons to genealogical resources; collection development; interlibrary loan; patron referral; and legal and ethical issues relating to genealogical research. This is a web-based distance course that requires a service learning project. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

LIT 285, History of Libraries

  • Credits: 3
  • Description: This course is a survey of the development of libraries from ancient times to the present, with emphasis on academic and public libraries in the United States. Attention is given to the interaction of libraries with economic, social and political trends in the larger society. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor. Lecture: 3 credit (45 contact hours).

LIT 299, Selected Topics in Library Information Technology

  • Credits: 1 - 3
  • Description: This course is designed to expand library course offerings as new technologies develop, new issues evolve and/or to address local library issues. Topics may vary from semester to semester at the discretion of the instructor. Course may be repeated with different topics to a maximum of nine credit hours. This is a web-based distance course that involves service learning activities. Prerequisite: LIT 115 or consent of instructor. Lecture: 1-3 credits (15-45 contact hours).