St. John’s has chosen to adopt a set of goals and
objectives that closely reflect ALA’s
competencies. These learning objectives reflect the Division’s
purpose of preparing students to serve people with a holistic
understanding of the profession in its many expressions.
Goal 1. Develop an Understanding of the Foundations of the
- Demonstrate knowledge of the ethics, values, and foundational
principles and the role of library and information professionals in
the promotion of democratic and legal principles and intellectual
- Understand the history of human communication and its impact on
libraries, and the importance of effective verbal and written
advocacy for libraries, librarians, other library workers and
- Demonstrate knowledge of historical and present-day
libraries and librarianship as well as significant national and
international policies and trends within the library and
- Demonstrate effective communication techniques (verbal
and written) used to analyze complex problems and create
- Fulfulling certification and/or licensure requirements of
specialized areas of the profession.
Goal 2. Develop an Understanding of Information
- Understand the concepts and issues related to the lifecycle of
recorded knowledge and information, from creation through various
stages of use to disposition.
- Understand the concepts, issues, and methods related to the
acquisition and disposition of resources, and the management,
preservation and maintenance of collections.
Goal 3. Demonstrate Ability to Organize Recorded Knowledge
- Understand the principles involved and the developmental,
descriptive, and evaluative skills needed in the organization,
representation and retrieval of recorded knowledge and information
- Demonstrate ability to organize recorded knowledge and
information using the systems of cataloging, metadata, indexing,
and classification standards and methods.
Goal 4. Apply Technological Knowledge and Skills to
- Acquire, apply, analyze and assess information, communication,
assistive, and other technological skills related to resources,
service delivery, professinalism, efficacy, and cost-efficiency of
current technologies and relevant technological improvements.
Goal 5. Apply Reference and User Services
- Demonstrate knowledge and usage of the concepts, principles,
and techniques of reference and user services, as well as retrieval
techniques and evaluation methods, that provide access to relevant
and accurate recorded knowledge and information from diverse
sources to all patrons.
- Understand and demonstrate ability to interact successfully
with individuals of all ages and groups to provide consultation,
mediation, and guidance in their use of recorded knowledge and
information, including information literacy techniques and
- Understand and apply the principles of assessment towards
communities, user preferences, and services and resources, as well
as promoting methods of advocacy through development and
Goal 6. Master Research Methods
- Understand the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative
research methods, including central research findings and research
literature of the field, and the principles and methods used to
assess the actual and potential value of new research.
Goal 7. Experience Continuing Education and Lifelong
- Continue professional development by maintaining and practicing
the purpose and role of providing quality service for the lifelong
learning of patrons and the promotion of library services.
- Apply the learning theories, instructional methods, and
achievement measures to the teaching and learning of concepts,
processes and skills used in seeking, evaluating, and using
recorded knowledge and information.
Goal 8. Apply Key Concepts of Administration and
- Understanding the principles of planning and budgeting in
libraries and other information agencies, as well as developing
effective personnel practices and human resources.
- Understanding the concepts behind, issues relating to, and
methods for the following: assessment and evaluation of
library services and their outcomes, developing partnerships,
collaborations, networks, and other structures, and principled,