Library Media Course Descriptions

See Prequisites and Admissions for program requirements.

Prerequisite courses

CI 432/532 Computer Applications for the Classroom (3 credits)
This course is designed for preservice or inservice teachers who wish to become comfortable with the use of the computer to enhance classroom teaching and learning. Topics include an introduction to computers and technology in education; review and curriculum integration of courseware; use of word processing; designing and using computer-based databases in the classroom' computer literacy; and graphics software for the classroom.

LIB 428/528 Children's Literature: K-5 (3 credits)
Materials grades K-5. Traditional genres such as picture books, traditional tales, modern realism, romance, adventure, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, biography, poetry and nonfiction. Study of literature that illustrates cultural diversity. Resources for selection; awards and honors.

Children's Literature: K-5 focuses on literature written specifically for children that fall within this age/grade range. The course provides an overview of all genres from historical to recent. The focus is on introducing adults to the world of children's literature so that they gain a sense of the breadth and depth of this field, and a starting place for selecting appropriate materials to use in home and classroom.

LIB 429/529 Young Adult Literature (3 credits)
A survey of books and non-book materials suitable for junior and senior high school students. Emphasis on selection and evaluation of books, adolescent reading interests, and reading guidance for curricular and personal needs.

Required courses

LIB 530 Literature Promotion Programs K-12 (3 credits)
A study of techniques for promoting literature in elementary and secondary schools: author and illustrator studies, reading books aloud, storytelling, book talks, reading promotion programs, and incorporating literature throughout the curriculum. Prerequisite: LIB 428/528

LIB 534 Administration of the School Library (3 credits)
Study of the school library and its integral role in the instructional program of the school and the school library media movement. Focus on the leadership role of the school librarian, management of personnel, program budgeting, facility planning, role of state and national standards in planning, evaluation, and development; other administrative areas. Field activities included.

LIB 536 Instructional Design and Technology for Schools & Libraries (3 credits)
Study the use of instructional media for K-12 including instructional design and criteria for quality print and non-print media. Learn graphic techniques and uses of computers and technology in production of instructional media. Research current practices in library and classroom instruction and communication. Prerequisite: CI 432 and LIB 428/528

LIB 541 Reference and Information Systems and Services (3 credits)
An analysis of reference services and procedures. Study of print, non-print, and electronic database reference sources to include bibliographic tools, indexes, encyclopedias, ready references, biographic tools, geographical tools, dictionaries, government documents, and specialized materials. Research in reference services and technological delivery systems.

LIB 542 Collection Development and Evaluation (3 credits)
Principles and practice of evaluation, selection, and acquisition of all types of materials included in a school library collection. Selection and collection development policies and procedures. Study of professional evaluation and selection sources. Field activities included.

LIB 547 School Library Instructional Programs, K-12 (3 credits)
A study of the K-12 information skills program, including the development of a scope and sequence, effective teaching strategies, specific skills instruction, correlation and integration with the classroom curriculum, and organization and development of a teaching program in the school library media center.

LIB 548 Cataloging and Organization of School Library Collections (3 credits)
Principles of organization of school library collections. Basic cataloging procedures for print, non-print, and electronic forms of media using standard cataloging and classification codes. Application of online cataloging databases.

LIB 561 School Library Practicum: Elementary
A planned experience consisting of practical application of the full range of roles and responsibilities of the School Librarian in an elementary school library under the direction of a supervising elementary school library teacher and a University supervisor. Prerequisite: admission to the School Library Endorsement Program.

LIB 562 School Library Practicum: Secondary
A planned experience consisting of practical application of the full range of roles and responsibilities of the School Librarian in a secondary school library under the direction of a supervising secondary level school library teacher and a University supervisor. Prerequisite: admission to the School Library Endorsement Program.


(updated 1/02/2017)