SIRLS 588: Contemporary Book Publishing
This class is offered in two sections: one online and one face-to-face. THIS IS THE FULL SYLLABUS FOR BOTH ONLINE AND FACE-TO-FACE SECTIONS. Be sure you register in the section you want.
The ONLINE SECTION is 588-011.
THE FACE-TO-FACE SECTION is 588-001.
The two differences in the two sections are the way you attend lectures and the way discussion is conducted.
Students in the UA Campus-based section, 588-001, will attend lectures on Monday, from 3:30-6, in a UA classroom to be announced. They are expected to contribute actively (at least 5 or more substantive contributions each week)'
Online students may either attend the Monday sessions VIRTUALLY, through Elluminate, or view the recorded Elluminate lecture sometime during the week at their convenience. However they view the lecture, they must also answer five of the student questions each week in the D2L forum. They must also read ALL the replys to the questions, so that they experience the material they would if they were in a classroom.
PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolling in the campus-based session MUST attend classes on Monday. Regular attendance is necessary to pass the class. You cannot substitute viewing the lecture for attending face-to-face.
ABOUT 588, Both sections
In this class, you will learn about how mainstream publishing works today. This is the story behind the books that are published and become the stock of libraries. You will see how and why this has changed over the last fifty years and what trade publishing really produces now. You will learn about the pressures on trade publishing and why things are bound to change in the future. You will learn about independent publishing and why these publishers are good sources of acquisitions for libraries. You will also learn about self-publishing and how it is disrupting mainstream publishing. And at the end of the class, we will spend 2 weeks on an introduction to the ebook revolution.
The class will focus on trade publishing, although there will be the opportunity for students to learn about other segments of publishing, such as academic publishing, K-12 publishing, publishing for higher education, publishing for the professions, art publishing, and so forth, through class assignments.
Who Should Take This Class: This class will be important for anyone who expects to work with mainstream published books from now, into the future.
In my humble opinion, [:-) it is essential for anyone working in a public library who cares about collection development and the ability to meet their community's needs in the future.