|Prerequisites for Module|
Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to examine and evaluate the management of local studies collections and appraise critically the delivery of services to user communities.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
Indicative Module Content
The philosophies and principles of local studies. Historical development, scope and purpose of collections, including sectoral variations. Topographical classifications, local history and the library, local bibliographic control and quasi-legal deposit mechanisms. Provision, operation and strategic management of services. Sources of local studies, materials and formats including monographs, ephemera, photographs and old newspapers. Information retrieval, cataloguing, classification and indexing of resources. Genealogy and family history. Developments in digital source and service provision (including e-genealogy). User groups and community outreach, liaison and co-operation with other providers (e.g. archives). Promotion and expansion of services.
|Indicative Student Workload|
Mode of Delivery
The module will principally be delivered in distance learning mode as a Continuing Professional Development course for practitioners. It will also be available as a one week course using lectures, seminars, groupwork and tutorials.
One piece of coursework will be used to assess all learning outcomes.
In addition to the above bibliography, students will be directed to monographs and journal articles relating to specific aspects of the syllabus as the module progresses.