Instructor: G. Lynn BerardDescription of LS 556: Survey of the literature and practice of librarianship in major areas of the sciences, including biology, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics, computer science and general engineering. Prerequisite: LS 500.
This course has been designed to enable the student to:
Contact Info:Head, Science Libraries
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: (412) 268-2428 Fax: (412) 681-1998
Email is the preferred way to reach me but feel free to call if you wish. I will return calls as soon as possible.
Office Hours:I will hold an office hour each week on Monday's at 2pm - 3pm.
To be able to cover the breadth and depth of the sciences I have elected to select a variety of readings in lieu of a textbook. Readings will appear as scanned items within Blackboard, as internet URLS and as traditional text readings in print format. Most of the print materials can usually be found at most large sized science libraries.
Supplemental Texts: On reserve or in the reference collection in the Carlson Library
Syllabus Web Site: http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/usr/lberard/LS556SP05.html
Student Web Site:http://student.clarion.edu/The above address will get you to information regarding web courses and how to login to Blackboard, where our class resides. You will need to enroll in this course. If you need technical assistance, please try calling the Computing Services Help line at Clarion, 814/393-2640. There is also a help button available within Blackboard. I've learned about a few bugs in Blackboard and would like to assist you if I can. There are some housekeeping rules that we should address at this point:
Grading:Grades will be based on regular class attendance and active participation in discussions, session assignments, and the completion of the course group project.
Special Needs: Students with learning disabilities and/or special physical requirements should make their needs known to me. I will make every effort to assist you.
Note: Clarion University of Pennsylvania regards student participation in class as essential to the learning process. Therefore regular classroom attendance is required. It is understood that absence does not excuse the student from course work and the responsibility to complete assignments on time. The instructor should be notified in advance of planned absences and arrangements will be made to complete missed work. The instructor is not required to give make up examinations or accept class work missed as a result of an unexcused absence.
Statement of Scholarly Responsibility:Students are expected to follow normal practice in acknowledging the source of facts, ideas, summaries, quotations, and paraphrases used in their written work. Direct quotations must be enclosed in quotation marks and the exact source acknowledged. The use of another's words without attribution and without enclosing the words in quotation marks is plagiarism. Using facts, ideas and summaries derived from another source without indicating the source is also plagiarism. A close paraphrase may also be considered plagiarism - even if the source is named. Submitting another student's work as though it were your own is always plagiarism - even if the original paper has been paraphrased or otherwise modified. If you are in doubt as to what constitutes plagiarism, you are encouraged to consult with the instructor. Any student suspected of plagiarism will have the suspect passage pointed out to him/her and will be given an opportunity to explain why it should not be regarded as plagiarism. Depending on the severity of the infraction, penalties for plagiarism include 1) receiving a reduced grade for the assignment 2) redoing the assignment on a different topic 3) receiving a failing grade for the assignment, or 4) receiving a failing grade for the course. Students who are dissatisfied with the instructor's decision in such a case may - without prejudice - refer the matter to the attention of the department chair, the college dean, the provost and academic vice president, and/or the university Conduct Board, as described in the Student Rights and Regulations Handbook
Session 1 (Week of Jan. 10)Introduction
- Overview of the nature of scientific and technical literature
- Information seeking behavior of scientists and engineers
- The research and teaching environment in science as it operates in academic, corporate and public libraries
- The research information cycle
Session 2 (Week of Jan. 17)- Professional societies and their publications
Session 3 (Week of Jan. 24)
- Print and Electronic Journals
Session 4 (Week of Jan. 31)
- Manufacture's literature, newsletters, current awareness tools, dissertations, bibliographies and conferences.
Session 5 (Week of Feb. 7)- Internet resources, specialized subject databases, and online catalogs.
Session 6 (Week of Feb. 14)- Reference and information services.
Session 7 (Period of Feb. 21 - April 3)- Handbooks, manuals, almanacs, encyclopedia's, directories, and lab notebooks.
WINTER HOLIDAY = March 4 - March 14
Session 8 (Week of March 15-22)- Patents and Trademarks.
SPRING VACATION = March 23 - March 30
Session 9 (Week of April 4 )- Technical reports and standards.
Session 10 (Week of April 11)
- Vendors and Publishers
Session 11 (Weeks
of April 18 & 25)
Project is due May 1st to facilitate discussion of projects at a scheduled time during finals week, May 2nd.
Assignments:Main Course Group Project:
Your group has just been hired by WeBuiltIt, Inc., an international scientific research firm. The company has 75 worldwide sites, with a main corporate library in Paris, France. The firm's interests are varied and each location is specialized in one of the following areas:
At your site, no library collection currently exists. You were hired to build it. Keep in mind that you will need a ready reference collection to answer inquires; a small book collection for in-depth study; a current journal section; and you will need to select appropriate online services (i.e. CDROMs, search services, databases, etc.). You can call upon the services of the main corporate library remotely, but document delivery and assistance are slow.
Your assignment is to create a working list of your collection. Choose one of the areas listed above and purchase away! For each category, you will need to purchase:
Reference Collection = 8 items
State each item selected and annotate it. Describe how it can be utilized in your setting. Feel free to use the Internet go look at engineering and science university library home pages, bookstore web sites, society web sites and so on.
Length should not exceed 10
pages. Introduce your collection and tell me about your services.
Extra points will be given for creative approaches. This assignment
is the major course assignment and will count 25% toward the final grade
(out of a possible 100%).
Please feel free to ask questions
about this assignment. DUE: May 9, 2003
Updated January 3, 2005