22910088 - Library and information science

The course introduces the general principles of Bibliography and Library Science, analyzes the origins, functions and organization of the contemporary library and deepens the theoretical, methodological, technological, technical-application aspects related to programming, management and use of libraries, with particular regard to digital information and documentation as a didactic and pedagogical resource.
The student will have acquired, in terms of knowledge and understanding, the main elements of the discipline of bibliography and librarianship in the scientific and professional field and, in terms of application, the main techniques of production of tools for bibliographic research, both analogical and digital, as well as the techniques of description and retrieval of documentary information and the procedures for measuring and evaluating the operation of cataloging services, bibliographic information and bibliographic databases.
In terms of autonomy of judgement, the student will have the ability to collect and manage the bibliographic tools in relation to the activities of analysis and interpretation of documents and organization of bibliographic sources.
In terms of communication and learning skills, the student will have obtained the skills and competences necessary to orient himself with confidence in the articulation of library economics, in the models and procedures of library services and to transmit the knowledge acquired both through traditional tools, such as inventories and catalogues drawn up in paper form, and through the dynamics related to new information technologies.
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Subject: Library and Information Science (AY 2021-2022)

Sound abilities in reading (conceived as a set of literacies: functional, multimedia, information…) are required to any citizen in order to understand the phenomena of our complex, transitional, “liquid” society, and to be able to self-orienteering and learning in such a globalised and interconnected context.

Libraries, archives, documentation and information centers (and museums as well) are vital learning environments that enable their users to acquire, reinforce, improve Information Literacy and therefore a competent use of information. Furthermore, they contribute to meet the 2030 UN SDGs.

o Becoming aware of the strategic relevance of information literacy and of the role played in it by libraries, especially the school library, in the learning process in a complex society.
o Knowing the theoretical basic fundamentals and acquiring the techniques of Bibliography, Librarianship and Documentation, in particularly concerning:
 Information and documentation as an instructional and educational resource
 web 2.0 in media and information literacy education and as a means of communication and outreach of library services addressed to children and pupils
 planning, organization and management of public libraries, school libraries, children’s libraries as a learning environment

Course Description
The course is divided in three modules:
1) Introduction (on Info-complexity, Media and Information Literacy, Bibliographic research and Academic Writing)
2) Bibliography
3) Librarianship

The course
o Presents and analyzes the definitions of Information Literacy, and, more recently, MIL – Media and Information Literacy, starting from UNESCO and library associations documents;
o Suggests and analyzes approaches and methods of information seeking, taking into account the information overload and digital divide phenomena;
o Reflects on the role of libraries and librarians in contrasting such exclusion phenomena through customized services such as the Reference Library, users’ education, tank to new web 2.0 tools.

Basic concepts of:
1. Bibliography: definition; history in brief; types, reference citation and styles; compilation; tools; ISO standards.
2. Librarianship: definition; history in brief; types of libraries; standards, IFLA guidelines and manifestos, automation; Cataloging, Indexing (Dewey, CDU, subject and thesauri), OPAC. Collection development and space designing and planning. User education Library services assessment and evaluation.
3. Documentation: types of documents, the documentation chain etc.

Core Documentation

Subject: Library and Information Science (AY 2021-2022)

Teaching Resources
1. Marco SANTORO, Lezioni di bibliografia, Milano: Editrice Bibliografica, 2012. ISBN 9788870757224.
2. Giovanna GRANATA, Introduzione alla biblioteconomia, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2013.
3. one of the volumes to be chosen in the series “Conoscere la biblioteca” (Milano: Editrice Bibliografica) OR DONATELLA LOMBELLO SOFFIATO – MARIO PRIORE, La biblioteca scolastica al tempo del digitale (Editrice Bibliografica 2018 - 9788870759969).
4. Luisa MARQUARDT, Competenza informativa, booklet accessible through the SDEonline platform.

The Professor’s teaching resources, handouts etc. are available on the Moodle platform accessible through the SDEonline portal.

Type of delivery of the course

Subject: Library and Information Science (AY 2021-2022) Teaching/Learning Methods • online lectures • resources, interaction and tutoring in the SDEonline platform • optional: seminars (both online and face-to-face), guided library visits, training sessions.

Type of evaluation

Subject: Library and Information Science (AY 2021-2022) Assessment and Evaluation a) Evaluation at the end of each of the three modules (“in itinere”) b) Final evaluation: a multiple choices test on LIS (see: # 1, #2 and #4 in “Teaching Resources”); a reading form based on one of the books (see: Teaching Resources #3) Measures for International Students Possible adjustment of the teaching program, according to the former academic curriculum, attended by the foreign student or requested by his/her University. Languages: English, French, Spanish; Portuguese; German.