Library science courses ensure students have a good foundation in information literacy skills for success at MiraCosta College, at their transfer institution, and within the workforce. Among the more essential of these skills is the ability to do the following:

  • Access library materials using an online catalog and electronic databases
  • Access and use information from a variety of sources and in various formats
  • Develop and implement a research strategy
  • Evaluate print and non-print sources
  • Communicate an understanding of the information gathered.

Contact Information

Chair: Jennifer Paris

Dean: Mario Valente

Department: Library Science

Office: Building OC1200, 760.795.6637

Full-Time Faculty

Steven Deineh
Myla Stokes Kelly
Richard Ma
Jennifer Paris
Pamela Perry
Glorian Sipman

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LIBR 101: College Research Skills

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in INTR 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1601.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course introduces students to the nature of research and the library's role in research. It emphasizes the development of information competency skills (the ability to find, evaluate, and organize information) for papers, presentations, and other research assignments. Students learn about a variety of information resources, including print, electronic databases, and the World Wide Web.

LIBR 201: Research in the Digital Age

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1601.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course explores the complex digital information landscape and teaches students critical research skills for the online environment. Students employ multiple Web technologies and advanced search strategies to navigate, assess, and communicate information from diverse sources and formats. The course covers appropriate sources for academic research, responsible and ethical uses of information, and formulating and executing effective research strategies.

LIBR 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

LIBR 296: Topics in Library Science

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1601.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Library Science that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.