3 semester hours

Spring Semester, 2001

Instructor: Dr. Kathy T. Brock

Office Location: Education Annex, Room 142

Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00 – 4:00; Wednesday 12:00 – 4:00; Thursday 12:00 – 4:00;

additional times by appointment

Telephone: 770-836-6564 (office) 770-537-4960 (home) Fax: 770-838-3088


Distance Support:



An introduction to basic information sources and development of reference skills. This course is GSAMS 100%.


Through this course students will demonstrate progress in the achievement of two NBPTS proposals that form the conceptual framework for advanced preparation programs in the College of Education. This course will enable the student to begin the development of a portfolio that could be submitted for National Board certification.

Proposition 2. Educators know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. Students will know the reference sources available and present the evaluation and search strategies necessary for accessing these sources.

Proposition 5. Educators are members of learning communities. Students will participate in collaborative efforts with other agencies to serve the reference needs of their students.


Students will:

l. recognize and describe the functions and arrangement of major types of reference works through browsing, physical inspection, and using the sources (Katz, 1997);

2. distinguish among the different types of reference sources and determine which types to consult for specific kinds of questions (Katz, 1997);

3. evaluate and select reference sources appropriate to the varied abilities and ethnic backgrounds of public school populations (Katz, 19977; ALA, 1998);

4. develop skills needed to locate information using a variety of modes including electronic systems (ALA, 1998);

5. describe the principles of reference service (Buckland, 1983; Katz, 1997);

6. apply knowledge gained by evaluating and making suggestions for improvement of an existing school reference collection (ALA, 1998); and

7. compare electronic and traditional tools (Katz, 1997).


Required Text:

Katz, W. A. (1997) Introduction to reference work. (7th ed.) 1. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.


Bopp, R.E. & Smith, L.C. (1995). Reference and information services. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Buckland, M. K. (1983). Library services in theory and context. New York, NY: Pergamon.

Katz, W. A. ( 1997). Introduction to reference work, (7th ed.) 2,. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Katz, W. A. & Clifford, A. (1982). Reference and Information Services. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow.

Information Power. (1998). Chicago, IL: American Library Association, and Washington, DC: Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Standard reference tools in the collection of the Ingram Library, Teaching Materials Center, and other libraries accessible to class participants will also be used extensively.








l. Read the text and be prepared to discuss topics on the dates indicated in the Tentative Course Outline.

2. Annotate 20 reference books according to form provided. Choose titles useful to your situation and not already familiar to you. Include at least four electronic reference tools. One is required for week 2. Aim for 2 a week minimum and spread over the categories. This assignment is graded on the choice of selections as well as the quality of the evaluation. Please do not copy annotations from published sources but do your own.

3. Make an oral presentation of an assigned reference tool.

4. Answer weekly reference question assignments.

5. Answer independent reference questions.

6. Perform adequately on the midterm and final.

7. Design a reference collection for your situation (assuming that you have enough money to purchase an adequate—in your judgment—basic collection. You must have the following components in your written report:

  1. Describe a library for which you are going to set up a basic reference collection. Include its locale, patrons, size, etc.
  2. Describe other community resources, if any, which would be available and useful to a reference librarian.
  3. If, looking ahead at least five years, you see any changes you must prepare for, indicate them.
  4. List your choices for this basic reference collection with complete bibliographic information (APA style). Include also the following: (1) a reviewing source. (2) A justification statement of each class or area which you will purchase. This may be a description of how each title or source will be used.

Evaluation Procedures:

All components must be completed to receive a grade. Classroom activities missed due to absences must be made up. Deductions will be made for work that is late. Please call the office if you are ill and unable to attend class. During the first day of class, arrange with a classmate to take notes for you if you miss class. The instructor will not be able

to go over all the material with you but will help you with make up arrangements for absences due to illness or other emergencies.

All assignments will be evaluated on the quality of the content, style of presentation, appropriateness of selection and adherence to directions.

Students will be evaluated in six areas:

l. Weekly questions, participation & presentation 10%

2. Annotations of 20 reference books 5%

3. Independent questions 15%

4. Reference collection 25%

5. Midterm exam 20%

6. Final exam 25%

TOTAL 100%

Grading Policy:

Grades will be assigned according to State University of West Georgia standards:

A = 100-92%; B = 91-82%; C = 81-70%; F = below 69%


Each class will include presentations of reference tools and time to go over assigned reference questions. Mark your questions in the text for class discussion. The student should ask questions when course content is not understood.



Week 1 (Jan. 13)

Introductions, discussion of syllabi, group and individual assignments, & grading policy. Your oral report is due the first date that topic is assigned. For example, if you are assigned an index, your report is due Week 4.

Week 2 (Jan. 20)

Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Guides to reference materials & evaluating reference materials. First reference evaluation due.

Week 3 (Jan. 27)

Chapter 4. Bibliographies

Week 4 (Feb. 3)

Chapters 5 & 6. Indexes

Week 5 (Feb. 10)

Indexes (school appropriate)

Week 6 (Feb. 17)

Visit to a high school media center

Week 7 (Feb. 24)

Midterm examination

Week 8 (Mar. 2) Note: Mar. 9--

no class—spring break

Chapter 7. Encyclopedias

Week 9 (Mar. 16)

Encyclopedias (Youth)

Week 10 (Mar. 23)

Chapter 8. Ready reference

Week 11 (Mar. 30)

Chapter 9. Biographical sources

Week 12 (April 6)

Chapter 10. Dictionaries

Week 13 (April 13)

Chapter 11. Geographical sources

Week 14 (No meeting on April 20.

Instructor to attend out of town

Holy Week service out of town. Work on

Reference Collection etc.)


Week 15 (April 28)

Chapter 12. Government documents. Class evaluation. Reference collection due. Independent questions due. Discussion of strategies to solve reference questions. Using the Internet to answer reference queries

Week 16 (May 4)

Final Exam 5 PM – 7 PM


Dates to Remember


Jan. 13-14-15 Sign up for our class listserv

Jan. 14 Leader in each site should email me your site’s fax no.

and tel. no.

Jan. 15 No Saturday classes

Feb. 24 Midterm Exam for our reference class 4:30 PM – 7 PM

Feb. 28 Last day to apply for summer graduation

Mar. 6-10 Spring break, no classes

April 10-28 Advance registration for summer and fall semesters

April 27 Last day of our reference class (TTH classes)

May 4 Final Exam for our reference class 5 PM - 7 PM

May 22 Summer semester session I begins

May 31 Last day to pay advance registration fees for Summer

2000 semester