Library Science

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

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 Top of Page

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.

Library Science Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

Required courses:

Information Resources and Services -- 3.00 credits
Selecting and Organizing Library Resources -- 3.00 credits
Information Literacy Leadership -- 3.00 credits
Young Adult Literature -- 3.00 credits
Administration of Library Media Programs -- 3.00 credits
Children's Literature -- 3.00 credits
Technology for Teaching and Learning -- 3.00 credits

Recommended courses:

Introduction to Computer Science -- 3.00 credits
Topics in Library Science -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Library Practice -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Directed Studies In Librarianship -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

LIBS 406 and LIBS 435 - Cross-listed in another department

Library Science - Education Minor Top of Page

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

Graduate Concentration in Library Science Top of Page

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

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  1. Locate, analyze, synthesize, 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.