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Reference Services Graduate Certificate

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The FSU School of Information Certificate in Reference Services prepares information professionals to assume the role of an information, research, and instructional specialist in order to provide assistance to patrons. The certificate program offers training in searching, selecting, and using information resources in a wide range of forms and formats; understanding information needs; and communicating and working effectively with diverse populations.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

Time or Location Requirements: Courses generally have a synchronous online class meeting time scheduled one night on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from either 6pm to 8pm ET or 8pm to 10pm ET. Attendance in weekly synchronous class meetings is required and students can participate from anywhere they have a reliable internet connection with a headset/microphone connection. For more information about online education with the School of Information, please visit the School's website.

Careers

The FSU School of Library & Information Studies Certificate in Reference Services prepares librarians to assume the role of an information, research, and instructional specialist in order to provide assistance to library patrons.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • LIS5417 Introduction to Legal Resources (3)
    This course provides an introduction to legal literature and to the tools of legal research to create an understanding of how legal information is organized, structured, and accessed in various settings.
  • LIS5524 Instructional Role of the Informational Specialist (3)
    This course covers the instructional role of the media specialist and methods of participating effectively in curricular planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • LIS5603 Introduction to Information Services (3)
    Introduction to reference work using both print and online sources. It also addresses the relationship of reference work to other information services in libraries and other information-providing agencies.
  • LIS5661 Government Information (3)
    This course provides an introduction to government information sources and research, with focus on U.S. government information. Students learn about the structure of government and the dissemination of government information resources to the public, including techniques for locating and using government information sources.

Total Credit Hours

12

Prerequisites

Students must have earned a Bachelor degree prior to admission.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the online FSU SLIS Supplemental Application to the School of Library and Information Studies (application may be found at http://slis.fsu.edu/Graduate-Program/Certificate-Programs/Reference-Services-Certificate); submit a current resume; and request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions be sent directly to the School of Library & Information Studies.

Program Requirements

Students must earn a B or higher in each of the four courses taken for credit in order to receive the certificate. Please visit the department's website certificate requirements for more information.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • LIS5417 Introduction to Legal Resources (3)
    This course provides an introduction to legal literature and to the tools of legal research to create an understanding of how legal information is organized, structured, and accessed in various settings.
  • LIS5524 Instructional Role of the Informational Specialist (3)
    This course covers the instructional role of the media specialist and methods of participating effectively in curricular planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • LIS5603 Introduction to Information Services (3)
    Introduction to reference work using both print and online sources. It also addresses the relationship of reference work to other information services in libraries and other information-providing agencies.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • LIS5241 International and Comparative Information Services (3)
    This course examines the important role information plays in the lives of individuals around the world. The course focuses on analysis of information management and access at the national or country level in the context of international globalization. Students develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to analyze and compare the social, cultural, economic and political factors that affect access to information and information service provisions.
  • LIS5576 Information Needs of Adults (3)
    Selection criteria, aids in selection and evaluation of materials relative to adult needs, publishing and production trends. Emphasis is on contemporary print and non-print materials for public library collections.
  • LIS5603 Introduction to Information Services (3)
    Introduction to reference work using both print and online sources. It also addresses the relationship of reference work to other information services in libraries and other information-providing agencies.


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