[4]References Readings Journals LIbrarires

[4]References Readings Journals LIbrarires - Module 4:...

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Module 4: Librarianship Types of Libraries Libraries, in general, share important characteristics: they house collections of information, they organize collections of information, and their employees assist patrons with finding information. Multiple types of libraries exist to meet the needs of multiple types of users (in information science, "users" is a common term referring to people who use an information organization). Academic Libraries Academic libraries are what you would typically find on a college campus. They exist primarily to serve the research community of students and professors. Academic libraries provide books, journals, maps, electronic databases, and reference resources, but they also provide some popular literature. The Perry-Castaneda Library (PCL) is considered one of the leading academic libraries in the world. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit the PCL and explore its abundance of sources. Their reference librarians are highly skilled and can help you with many of your research needs Public Libraries A public library is what many people think of when they hear the word “library.” A public library is open to the public and is publicly funded, usually through tax money. Public libraries typically offer a range of resources and programs, and some even serve as historical landmarks. Check out a few of the thousands of American public libraries: Boston Public Library New York Public Library Austin Public Library School Libraries School libraries, also referred to as school library media centers, are housed in elementary, middle, and high schools. They serve as an on-site facility where students, teachers, and other staff members (sometimes the public, too!) can research topics for classes, read the latest magazine issues, check out books for pleasure reading, and use computer/technological resources. School libraries function as both an information repository as well as an extension of the classroom. In addition to carefully selecting resources for their student and teacher patrons, school librarians also (1) teach information literacy; (2) develop programs for students and their families; and (3) assist teachers in developing lesson plans. Special Libraries A special library meets the needs of specific user communities by limiting their resources to specific topics or subjects. Often times, special libraries are funded by private businesses, non- profit organizations, or the government. Typical special libraries include business libraries, law
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libraries, medical libraries, government libraries, art libraries, music libraries, cultural libraries, and religious libraries. Check out some of these special libraries: Benson Latin American Collection Center for American History University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Jamail Center for Legal Research - Tarlton Law Library ____________________________________________________________________________ ________ Professional Organizations Most professions have professional organizations that provide information, training,
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