15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module will enable students to understand and critically evaluate key elements of the principles, functions, practice, value and impact of the public library service. Via a series of lectures, seminars and site visits, the course will present the roles of this service, and the extent to which it supports the educational, recreational information and social needs of all members of society. There will be an exploration of key issues affecting the public library service today, and of ways in which the theory of library organisation can be turned into practice. Recent and ongoing research will underpin the entire unit.

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

Notes: This module is offered as an approved module within the regulations of programmes accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Information School):

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