15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module aims to provide an introduction to the principles, politics, functions, practice, value and impact of school library services, and public library services for people of all ages. Students will be introduced to the challenges of delivering services to which everyone has the right of access and will also be given an opportunity to examine the ways in which both school and public libraries deliver information to people with specific information needs. They will develop a critical awareness of the role of these services in contemporary society, and will be able to recognise best current thoughts and practice in the field. The course also aims to develop students' understanding of the extent to which school and all public library services (including prison libraries) work independently and together to support the educational, social, recreational and cultural needs of people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Recent and ongoing research will underpin the entire unit.

Staff Contact: BIRDI BRIONY
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK