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Library Classes for Credit

In addition to class-related instruction, librarians teach elective credit online courses. It is strongly suggested that no more than two courses be taken at the same time. Review the information found on the Distance Learning site to understand more about online course responsibilities and requirements.

Course Descriptions

IDS 196 (1 hour)

Database Review
The Wayne State College Library offers free access to over 30 different databases. Knowing which database to use to obtain the best matches to the results one is seeking will be the main focus of this online class. Each database will be visited, so one will know what type of information is available, some helpful hints to obtain the best results, and where to get full text printouts are all included these lessons. The databases will be grouped into five different subject lessons, (Reference, General, Business/Law, Education/Medical, and Special) with a few databases being used in several lessons, because of their interdisciplinary nature.

IDS 196 (2 hours)

Library and Resources Overview
This is an excellent course for people who have trouble writing reports or speeches. This course will provide guidance for the research process. Students will be able to develop a research question and compile a grouping of a variety of resources to complete any report or speech. Resources that will be accessed are books, periodicals, government documents, statistical resources, databases, and internet sites. One will also learn how to evaluate a website and how to cite all resources.

IDS 368 (1 hour)

History of the Book
This course will give you a brief introduction into the history of the book.  From its ancestral origins in cuneiform, papyrus and parchment to Gutenberg’s printing press and evolution of print through the centuries to the modern paperback and electronic books of today, learn about the technological advances that helped civilizations communicate with one another and record both their history and their dreams.

Internet Issues
This course is designed not to be comprehensive in its coverage, but to create an awareness of specific issues and concerns as we continue to use online resources. It examines current or special issues involving the Internet, such as Internet plagiarism, privacy, federal regulations, hoaxes, etc. It offers opportunities to discuss the impact and importance of Internet use on the individual and society.

Uncle Sam and You
This course will introduce some of the basic government resources which would be of interest to students and consumers.  Whether seeking financial aid for college or social security information, or seeking assistance on how to buy a car or get a loan for a house, or trying to understand the landlord/tenant policy of Nebraska, or looking for history of one's ancestors, one can definitely find information produced by a government agency to help answer any of these questions.

Web Strategies
This course provides an introduction to understanding and using Web 2.0 tools for research, collaboration, and communication.   Students will discover how the Web has evolved from a tool for linking documents to a platform for linking people by examining the concepts behind blogs, blogs, wikis, web feeds, podcasts, social bookmarking, social networking, cloud computing, and the semantic web.  Opportunities to work directly with Web 2.0 applications such as Gmail, Blogger, Google Reader, Flickr, Delicious, Twitter, and Google Docs will be provided.

IDS 368 (2 hours)

Banned Books and Censorship
This course will introduce you to the censorship of books in libraries and schools. In addition to learning about authors and books that have been banned and/or challenged in the past and present, you will discover why books are challenged and/or banned, what the courts say about the issue, and how librarians and school officials balance First Amendment rights with book selection and challenges.

Democracy and Libraries
Libraries have long been recognized as one of the cornerstones of democracy. This course will introduce you to how libraries support the ideals of democracy. It will define the library’s role from a historical standpoint, examine its changing perspective in today’s society, and explore the future relationship between libraries and democracy. Consideration will be given to how national institutes such as the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Government Printing Office help form and maintain a democracy. Major focus will be on the American public library and the values that libraries hold dear: equity of access, stewardship, civic engagement, privacy, intellectual freedom, community, literacy, service, and advocacy.