RES PRC 110A - Careers in Libraries & Archives

Course Information

2 units, pass/no pass

Mondays, 10-11:50am in Royce 164

Instructor Information

In this course, we will learn about the wide variety of careers in libraries and archives and be introduced to the career pathways of various professionals. We’ll briefly discuss professional issues in these fields especially in relation to recruitment and retention of individuals in these professions. While this course will discuss careers in a variety of locations and types of libraries and archives, we will lean heavily on the outstanding professionals at UCLA. As a result, this course will have a stronger focus on careers in academic spaces. 

Course Materials

Required Textbook

No materials need to be purchased for this course. However, print copies of these books are available if desired.

Lankes, R. D. (2016). The new librarianship field guide. MIT Press. (available from the Library as an eBook)

Lankes, R. D. (2011). The atlas of new librarianship. MIT Press. (available from the Library as an eBook) 

Dority, G. K. (2016). Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals. ABC-CLIO. (availability TBD)

Course Resources

The majority of readings for this course are available for free from the Library via licensed resources. In order to access these resources, ensure that you are connected to the Virtual Private Network (VPN):

Resources that are not readily available will be provided as PDFs within this course site following guidelines for fair use. 

Specific readings for each week are outlined within the weekly modules with direct links to access the materials.

Technical Requirements


You will need to use a browser as your primary method of accessing this course. The Canvas mobile apps should only be used as a supplement. To learn about browser compatibility with Canvas, visit the Supported Browsers page.

Learning Outcomes

Course Outcomes

  1. Learners will be able to identify current challenges, trends, and issues in information professions, particularly in libraries and archives, and will be able to articulate how those challenges, trends, and issues impact the career trajectories of library and information professionals;
  2. Learners will be able to articulate the histories of libraries and archives, including recognizing the ways that they have been and continue to be exclusive particularly in terms of race, class, disability, sexuality, and gender and will be able to articulate how those exclusions alienate users and gatekeep marginalized individuals, especially BIPOC, from entering library and information professions;
  3. Learners will articulate their own potential trajectories into professions in libraries and archives and/or develop career related materials for pursuing their intended path (i.e. students will create a career document such as a resume, CV, cover letter, statement of purpose, etc.);
  4. Learners will be able to identify the various roles of library and archives workers and determine the role or roles that potentially interest them;
  5. Learners will be able to articulate the role of libraries and archives and their workers in the research process;
  6. Learners will be able to describe the visible and invisible labor that goes into the management and maintenance of libraries and archives.

Course Policies

Grade Calculation

If you would like to calculate your grade, use Canvas' What-If Grades feature.  What are What-If Grades?

This course uses a pass/no pass grading structure. Completion of all of the required components will result in a passing grade, but I have also provided percentages for each part: 

*You automatically start the course with full points for engagement.

More detailed assignment information is included in each of the linked assignments in the Course Summary below.

Grade Distribution

P-NP Grading
P 100% to 73%
NP < 73% to 0%


University Policies

Academic Integrity

UCLA is a community of scholars. In this community, all members including faculty, staff and students alike are responsible for maintaining standards of academic honesty. As a student and member of the University community, you are here to get an education and are, therefore, expected to demonstrate integrity in your academic endeavors. You are evaluated on your own merits. Cheating, plagiarism, collaborative work, multiple submissions without the permission of the professor, or other kinds of academic dishonesty are considered unacceptable behavior and will result in formal disciplinary proceedings usually resulting in suspension or dismissal. See the Dean of Students website for more information.

[source: Dean of Students syllabus statement ( syllabus)

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

If you are already registered with the Center for Accessible Education (CAE), please request your Letter of Accommodation in the Student Portal. If you are seeking registration with the CAE, please submit your request for accommodations via the CAE website. Students with disabilities requiring academic accommodations should submit their request for accommodations as soon as possible, as it may take up to two weeks to review the request. For more information, please visit the CAE website , visit the CAE at A255 Murphy Hall, or contact us by phone at (310) 825-1501.

[source: Center for Accessible Education ( Faculty Questions]

Resources for Students

UCLA provides resources if you are feeling overwhelmed and need personal and/or academic assistance.

Please see the Red Folder REV2020 web for more information.

Title IX

Advocacy and Confidential Services

Please note that Title IX prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  If you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, you can receive confidential support and advocacy at the CARE Advocacy Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, 205 Covel Commons, Los Angeles, CA, 90095,, (310) 206-246 5.  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides confidential counseling to all students and can be reached 24/7  at (310) 825-0768.  

Reporting and Non-confidential Services

Your professor is required under the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment to inform the Title IX Coordinator should he become aware that you or any other student has experienced sexual violence or sexual harassment. In addition, You can also report sexual violence or sexual harassment directly to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, 2255 Murphy Hall, , (310) 206-3417. Reports to law enforcement can be made to UCPD at (310) 825-1491. 


Course content is divided into modules that run from Monday at 12:01am through Sunday at 11:59pm US Pacific Time (UTC-08:00). Due dates are communicated within each Assignment tool.

Changes to the course schedule may occur and will automatically be reflected in the Course Summary section below.

List of Weekly Modules