Module Identifier ILM5420  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Geraint I Evans  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr David A Stoker  
Course delivery Lecture   19 Hours 19 lectures x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1: report 2,500 words  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2: report 2,500 words  50%

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Module, students should be able to:

Brief description

The Module centres on some of the most important functions of libraries and information units: to the effective use and exploitation of information sources, and the relevance of those sources to the design and delivery of modern, cost-effective information services. These functions have been widely affected by a diversity of electronic sources, and new modes of information delivery. While these may present new and attractive solutions, they may also present problems.


The overall aim of the Module is to enable students to:
foster an understanding of the range of information sources and services and the means by which they may be evaluated

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
Bopp, Richard, and Smith Linda C. (ed.) (2001) Reference and information services: an introduction 3rd. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited
Gilchrist, Al (1997) Understanding and analyzing an organisation's information needs (in Scammell A.: Handbook of special librarianship and information work) - pp10-36 London: Aslib
Katz, William, A (1997) Introduction to reference work (vol.1: Basic information sources) 7th. McGraw-Hill
Katz, William, A (1997) Reference Services and Processes 7th.
Large, Andrew, Tedd, Lucy and Hartley, R.J (1999) Information seeking in the online age: principles and practice London: Bowker Saur
Scammell, Alis (2001) Handbook of information management London: Aslib
(1996) The reference sources handbook 4th.
Thomas, Diana (1981) The effective reference librarian Academic Press

Webb, S (1996) Creating an information service 3rd. London: Aslib
Olson, L (1984) Reference service evaluation in medium-sized academic libraries Journal of Academic Librarianship, 9, pp322-329


This module is at CQFW Level 7