Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Library Science


2012-2014 Catalog

Library Science

Faculty and Staff

Ella Cross, Associate Professor
Laura Jacobs, Associate Professor
Kristen Lindquist, Assistant Professor
Debra Nordgren, Associate Professor
Peter Nordgren, Associate Professor
Carolyn Gardner, Assistant Professor

Library Science Program

UW-Superior's Library Science Program educates students to be leaders in information services and the use of information technology.  The program develops competent, confident and creative professionals who enjoy the information field and can instill this value in others. Our graduates go on to positions in school, academic, specialized and public libraries, become researchers and information specialists, or pursue advanced degrees in the field.

The program integrates studies of information concepts and skills with experience using digital resources, systems, and environments. Students explore new information resources and technologies and learn to apply them in libraries, media and technology centers, and other organizations.

Students pursuing teaching certification may satisfy requirements for the Wisconsin Department of Instruction Initial Library Media Specialist by completing the minor plus student teaching. At the graduate level, the program provides courses leading to the Professional Library Media Specialist license for those who have held an Initial Library Media Specialist license for at least three years. Licensed teachers may earn a Master of Science in Education-Instruction degree at the same time they complete requirements for their Professional Library Media Specialist license.

The Library Science program offers the Greve and Kyllo scholarships for students completing the minor or seeking the School Library Media Specialist certification. The Greve Scholarship can also be used for students who wish to attend professional library association conferences or workshops.

UW-Superior is one of the home campuses for the University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium (UWSSLEC). This program offers courses at the graduate level for the Initial and Professional Library Media Specialist licenses that are primarily web-based. More information may be found at the UWSSLEC website or contact the department chair.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Locate, analyze, sythesize, and ethically communicate information and knowledge in a variety of formats.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to select print and electronic information and effective information retrieval.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply standards relevant to specific information service activities.
  4. Demonstrate ability to use technology and teach others to use technology in the learning process.
  5. Be able to serve as a leader and advocate for change through learning, using effective communication and collaboration.

Library Science Minor Requirements

21 total credits

Required courses:

LIBS 303 Information Resources and Services -- 3 credits
LIBS 307 Selecting and Organizing Library Materials -- 3 credits
LIBS 309 Information Literacy Leadership -- 3 credits
LIBS 310 Young Adult Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 325 Administration of Library Media Programs -- 3 credits
LIBS 406* Children's Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 435* Technology for Teaching and Learning -- 3 credits

Recommended courses:

CSCI 101 Introduction to Computer Science -- 3 credits
LIBS 450 Topics in Library Science -- 1-3 credits
LIBS 485 Library Practice (Field Experience) -- 1-3 credits
LIBS 499 Directed Studies in Librarianship -- 1-3 credits

*Cross-listed in another department

Library Science - Education Minor

A professional field placement experience from Birth to 21 (six credits) and completion of an approved teacher preparation program.

Initial Library Media Specialist Requirements

27 total credits

Required courses:

LIBS 303 Information Resources and Services -- 3 credits
LIBS 307 Selecting and Organizing Library Materials -- 3 credits
LIBS 309 Information Literacy Leadership -- 3 credits
LIBS 310 Young Adult Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 325 Administration of Library Media Programs --3 credits
LIBS 406* Children's Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 435* Technology for Teaching and Learning -- 3 credits
 
TED 441 Student Teaching in the Elementary/Middle School -- 3 credits
AND
TED 442 Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary School -- 3 credits
OR
TED 445 Supervised Practice for In-Service Teachers -- 6 credits

Arrangements for Student Teaching in the Elementary/Middle School (TED 441), or Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary School (TED 442) or Supervised Practice for Inservice Teachers (TED 445) are made through the Teacher Education program's Field Experience Office.

TED 441 and 442 or 445 are taken after completion of 21 credits in the Library Science program.

Recommended courses:

CSCI 101 Introduction to Computer Science -- 3 credits
LIBS 450 Topics in Library Science -- 1-3 credits
LIBS 485 Library Practice (Field Experience) -- 1-3 credits
LIBS 499 Directed Studies in Librarianship -- 1-3 credits

Professional Library Media Specialist Requirements

18 total credits

Required courses:

LIBS 509 Information Literacy Leadership -- 3 credits
LIBS 612 Trends and Issues Birth-21 Literature -- 3 credits
LIBS 616 Advanced Administration of School Library Media Programs -- 3 credits
LIBS 645 Integrating Technology in the Library Media Program -- 3 credits
TED 744 Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices -- 3 credits
EDAD 711 Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3 credits

Recommended courses:

LIBS 650 Topics in Library Science -- 1-3 credits
LIBS 685 Library Practice (Field Experience) -- 1-3 credits
LIBS 699 Directed Studies in Librarianship -- 1-3 credits

Graduate Concentration in Library Science

See the listing for Instruction in the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.


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