LTA Guide

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This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites about Library Information Technology. Use the tabs below and the menus on your right to start searching for different types of materials.

If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites
  4. Class Guides

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

COD students, faculty, and staff can also create I-Share accounts that let you freely borrow books and videos from over 80 other academic libraries in Illinois. You can pick up and return I-Share items from the COD Library or any other member library.

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

Z662 - 1039 Libraries and library science
HF5546 - 5548.6 Office management (Microsoft Office, etc.)
QA75.5 - 76.95 Computer science. (Programming languages, computing applications, etc.)
TK5105.88 (Internet and web technologies)

E-Books and Streaming Videos

These online books and videos can be accessed from the COD network or anywhere on the internet if you have a Library card.
LyndaCampus ( ) provides a vast online library of instructional videos covering a variety of topics such as software training, business and creative skills, and study skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, is a high-quality resource for students, faculty, and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, educational technology, social media, coding, and a wide range of other topics.
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Safari Books Online
The Safari database contains books, videos, case studies and white papers on a variety of computing, design, and business topics. It includes top publishers like O'Reilly, Sam's, CISCO Press and many more.

Register for Safari using your COD email address. (Students: / Faculty & Staff:
Knovel Library
This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
Springer E-book Collection
SpringerLink is a large collection of e-books covering topics in technology, sciences and medicine. The Library provides access to all titles published between 2005-2010. Use "Advanced Search" and limit to category of "Only Books." Then use "Publication Dates" between 2005-2010. Look for the green boxes for COD-owned titles.
Chapters from this collection can be downloaded in PDF to read off-line.

E-books can also be found using the Library Catalog. Additional E-book collections can be found on the Library's E-books Databases page.

Use database to locate journal, magazine, newspaper or specialized articles. Databases are useful for finding timely articles about specific or emerging technologies and researching tech company information. You can use your COD Library card to access and download articles from off-campus.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. Browse the Library's databases now.


Best Bets

Library Literature & Information Science
Library Literature & Information Science indexes articles cover to cover from key library and information science periodicals. This database encompasses some 390 journals, over 300 books annually, chapters in collected works such as conference proceedings, library school theses and pamphlets. Coverage reaches as far back as 1980. Subjects include automation, cataloging, censorship, circulation procedures, classification, copyright legislation, government aid, library associations & conferences, library equipment and supplies, personnel administration, preservation of materials, and more.
Library, Information Science And Technology Abstracts
This bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

Other Choices

See the Library Science Databases and the Technology Research Databases pages for other useful databases.

Below are some established, high-quality websites useful for a variety of LTA related research, but there are endless others you can find on your own. There are a variety of general purpose and specialized search tools you can use to search the web, just remember you need to carefully evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information your find on the open web.

Library Associations

American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.
Illinois Library Association
The main state association for library employees.
Library & Information Technology Association
LITA educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.
Resources for Library Support Staff
ALA information for and about library support staff and paraprofessionals

Library Profession

Library Journal
Libray Journal is the preimier trade journal for the library profession. It includes news, reviews, and opinions about a wide range of topics in the library profession.
A useful clearinghouse of library and library science news
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
An open wiki designed to share ideas and knowledge among libraries and librarians of all types.
Project A+: Serving Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Academic Library
A manual of procedures to help students with this disorder.

Library Jobs

The official ALA job listing database
I Need a Library Job eResource Center
The most extensive online resource for jobs for information professionals, librarians, knowledge managers and those in related fields
RAILS joblist
Local jobs listed from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System


Library and Information Technology program website
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