1st Bachelor in Library and Information Technology

Introduction to Reference Material

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ECTS Credits6
Number of Hours (h/year)30
Teaching staffBESSEM, Viviane
Course UnitCompulsory
TermQuad. 2

A basic knowledge of cataloguing and indexing is required as well as the use of a computer. That's why Introduction to Reference Material is given in the second part of the year.

Aims and Objectives

After this course, the student must be able to :

1. gather documentation about any subject.

2. draw up a list of books for a work

3. buy, identify and localize books for a public library

4. make up a “reading itinerary” for any reader.


Reference books : dictionaries, encyclopaedia, yearbooks.

Bibliographies : data banks, reviews, national and commercial bibliographies, library catalogues


 - Association des bibliothécaires français. Le métier de bibliothécaire. 2007 (une nouvelle édition est annoncée pour le premier trimestre 2010)

- Association des bibliothécaires français. Renseignements aux usagers : Informer et rechercher : le bibliothécaire au service du lecteur. 2005

-  Dictionnaire encyclopédique de l'information et de la documentation. 2001

- Manuel de bibliographie générale. Sous la dir. de Marie-Hélène Prévoteau, ... 2005.



Teaching and Learning MethodsProject or fieldwork
Assessment MethodsWritten examinations
Oral examinations
Projects or practical work

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