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Associate in Science Degree Program

Social Service: Library Technical Assistant Option

The Social Services Degree curriculum has a dual function. It prepares students for entry-level career positions in a variety of social service occupations and it provides the first two years of a course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree. The Capital Community College A.S. degree in Social Services articulates with the Central Connecticut State University Bachelor of Social Work and the Saint Joseph College B.A. Social Work program.

The curriculum prepares students for employment as mental health aides, group residence workers, neighborhood outreach workers, social casework assistants and other similar positions. In many instances, social service workers are employed under the supervision of a social worker, or in some cases a psychologist. Employment opportunities exist in such areas as day care, nursery school education, mental health, group and community work at the public and private levels.

Students have the option of declaring a major in Social Services, Social Services with a Mental Health Option, or Social Services with a Library Technical Assistant Option.

Graduates are prepared to pursue further education at colleges leading to a baccalaureate degree in several professional areas including social work, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, education and counseling.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in Public Service areas
    1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of library circulation systems and effectively use Capital's circulation system in particular
    1.2 Demonstrate knowledge and effectively use the OCLC Interlibrary Loan system
    1.3 Display knowledge of the types of public services offered at different types of libraries
    1.4 Demonstrate knowledge and effectively use basic reference sources
    1.5 Demonstrate and effectively use basic reference interview techniques
    1.6 Understand the reference function as it pertains to various types of libraries
  2. Demonstrate competence in Technical Services areas
    2.1 Display understanding of cataloging and processing terminology
    2.2 Demonstrate knowledge of cataloging tools, such as AACR2, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings and online bibliographic utilities, such as OCLC
    2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the MARC record
    2.4 Display understanding of the role of serials in libraries
    2.5 Display understanding of the acquisitions process
  3. Demonstrate competence in utilizing library and information technology
    3.1 Effectively use HTML to create materials for the World Wide Web
  4. Think critically and demonstrate ability in information competence
    4.1. Effectively utilize library and information databases
    4.2 Critically evaluate information found in library databases and the Internet
  5. Apply knowledge gained throughout the program
    5.1 Successfully complete an internship at an academic, public school or public library
    5.2 Develop a portfolio of projects encompassing written projects and web pages created
Course of Study¹
FIRST SEMESTER
Credits
Composition
3
Principles of Sociology
3
Intro to Library Public Services
3
Intro to Software Applications
3
General Psychology
3
SECOND SEMESTER
Credits
Intermediate Algebra OR
3
Statistics with Technology
Composition & Literature
3
Intro to Cataloging & Technical Services
3
Intro to Visual Communications
3
Human Biology OR
4
Intro to Biology
THIRD SEMESTER
Credits
Computers in Libraries OR
3
Web Design and Development I
Group Dynamics
3
Principles of Macroeconomics OR
3
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Free Elective
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Language Elective Level I
3
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Fine Arts Elective
3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Credits
Supervised Field Placement OR
3
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Course Substitution
3
Minorities in the U.S. OR
3
Milticultural Issues in Psychology
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Humanities Elective
3
Sociology of the Family
3
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Language Elective Level II
3

¹ Click on the Course# for course description,
pre-requisites and additional information.

Students who wish to transfer should consult a counselor regarding whether the free elective chosen will transfer to a specific institution.

Students currently working in libraries can substitute another course for LIB* 202

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