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Introduction to Library Science - Chapter Summary
It's easy to review library science with help from this engaging introductory chapter. Made up of short lessons you can review at your own pace, we cover different information institutions, theories of information seeking behavior, the importance of library science and more. Take the quiz provided with each lessons to ensure you've mastered the concepts before you move on. If you need any help, our experts are available in the Dashboard to answer any questions you'd like to submit. You can use any mobile device or computer with an internet connection to utilize these resources.
After you finish this chapter, you should be able to:
- Define library science and its importance
- Identify different types of information institutions and their purposes
- Explain concepts of information seeking behavior
- Discuss information literacy and why it's important
1. Library Science: Definition & Importance
Library science and information science are defined and their cross-disciplinary roots of information architecture and human-oriented services are explored in this lesson.
2. What is Information Literacy? - Definition & Importance
In this lesson, let's explore the definition and importance of informational literacy in our lives and how it leads us to become informed, lifelong learners. When you are through, you can test your understanding with a quick quiz!
3. Information Institutions: Definition, Types & Purposes
Information institutions are defined, and the similarities and differences between museums, archives, libraries are explored. Specifically, the content or types of collections, acquisitions, organization and description, and access of each entity is considered.
4. Information Seeking Behavior: Concepts & Theories
This lesson defines information seeking behavior, and discusses Thomas D. Wilson's models for 'information behavior' and Kuhlthau's 'information search process', including its six stages. The concepts of satisficing and sense-making are discussed as well.
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Other chapters within the Library Science 101: Information Literacy course
- The Research Process & Types of Evidence
- Library Organization, Search Engines & Research Strategies
- Using Periodicals, Reference Materials & Articles
- Evaluating Sources for Research
- Plagiarism & Ethical Use of Information
- Acquisition, Organization & Maintenance of Library Resources
- Library Media Program Administration
- Access, Advocacy & Professional Development for Library Media Specialists
- Studying for Library Science 101