15 Credits AUTUMN



Aims/Description: This module provides an overview of the role of library and information services (LIS) in contemporary society and introduces students to public policy issues and their implications for the provision of LIS. Students are introduced to current practices and contemporary concerns in academic, national, public and special/workplace libraries and encouraged to develop an awareness of the social, economic, political and cultural environment in which LIS operate. It examines the importance of users in the design and management of LIS, explores ethical issues and aims to develop a critical awareness of the role of LIS in contemporary society.

Staff Contact: Dr Briony Birdi
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work
WebCT resources are available for this module

Notes: This module is offered as a core module within the regulations of programmes accredited by the Chartered Insititute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

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