INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICE: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the processes by which scientific and technical information is created and communicated, and the role the various components of the process play in the transfer of information. Patterns of communication, the structure of the literature, and the information needs and uses of various clienteles (including the lay public) are emphasized. The course does not assume a prior background in the sciences or technology. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to: 1. Define and/or explain the basic terminology of the field and the role of science and technology in society. 2. Describe the generation, organization, structure and use of science and technology information. 3. Identify and describe the diversity of user information needs and the broad spectrum of science and technology information sources for both specialized and lay audiences. 4. Use a variety of sources to answer reference questions in representative areas of the sciences and technology. 5. Select and evaluate information sources to meet the needs of users. 6. Identify and discuss trends and issues in science and technology as they relate to science reference librarianship.