Writing and Library Science

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Department of Writing and Library Science supports the University of Wisconsin Superior's liberal arts mission by promoting literacy across disciplines. In doing so, the Department refines skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking (both critical and creative) for both native and non-native speakers of English. Moreover, the Department develops in its students, skills in accessing, processing, creating, evaluating, and sharing print and non-print media including today's technologies.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Britton, Carmen - Academic Dept Assoc

Clark, Amy - Lecturer

Cross, Ella - Assoc Prof, Library Science

Faul, Deborah - Senior Lecturer, ELS

Gard, Julie - Asst Professor, Writing

Gardner, Carolyn - Assistant Professor

Grbavcich, Elizabeth - Sr Lecturer, Writing

Hanick, Riley - Senior Lecturer, Writing

Higgins, Tina - Lecturer, Writing

Isaksen, Susie - Senior Lecturer, Writing

Iwen, Jayson - Asst Professor, Writing

Jacobs, Laura - Assoc. Prof, Library Science

Lindquist, Kristen - Asst Prof, Library Science

Maeshima, Elizabeth - Lecturer, ELS

McCormick, John - Senior Lecturer, Writing

McGrew, Heather - Sr Lecturer, English

Rutford, Yvonne - Assistant Professor, Writing

Schlacks, Deborah - Professor, English

Sharp, Linda - Acad Assoc,Library Science/ESL

Shepard, Allen - Senior Lecturer, Writing

Tu, Yunhong - Assistant Professor

White-Farnham, Jamie - Asst Professor, Writing

Course Descriptions Top of Page

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LIBS - Library Science
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
LIBS 503Information Resources and Services3.00
Principles and philosophies of library reference service, information literacy, reading, listening and viewing guidance, and information resources with special emphasis on the Application of Wisconsin Model Academic Standards within the school library media center. Knowledge and use of major reference resources as well as discussions of strategies for effective information services.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LIBS 507Selecting and Organizing Library Resources3.00
Develops the ability to build and maintain resource collections by studying the principles and practices of selection, acquisition, and evaluation for resources to support the library's goals. Includes the study and application of standardized procedures for classifying and cataloging resources and maintaining electronics systems of collections.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LIBS 509Information Literacy Leadership3.00
Introduction to information literacy program development in a range of libraries. Examines leadership roles as they relate to information literacy and the collaborative teaching responsibility of librarians.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LIBS 510Young Adult Literature3.00
Examination of the range of print and mediated literature available to young adults. Criteria for evaluation, selection, and guidance in use to meet both student and curriculum uses are discussed. An appreciation for the literature is developed through experiences in reading, viewing, and classroom reporting.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LIBS 525Administration of Library Media Programs3.00
Introduction to administration of library/media programs with emphasis on leadership in the library/media program, the school, and the broader community of the library/media program and the library/media specialist profession. Examines the state and national guidelines appropriate to library/ media programs.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LIBS 606Children's Literature3.00
Study of the various types of fiction and nonfiction literatures published for, used with, or selected by children birth to age 12. Emphasis is on using children's literature across the content area with best practice instruction. Includes the selection, evaluation, appreciation, and use of children's literature and related media. Explores methods to help develop a child's interest in reading and ability to appreciate quality children's literature.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
LIBS 612Trends-Issues K-12 Literature3.00
Examination of literature for children and young adults published within the last 10 years. Includes reading and discussion of the literature and trends in children's and young adult reading. Also includes examination of current selection aids and other resources for teachers and librarians serving children and young adults. Topics include current thought on the digital age, internet and intellectual freedom issues, and the teaching of both children's and young adult literature in the classroom. Summer only.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
LIBS 616Advanced Administration of School Library Media Programs3.00
Focus on advanced preparation for work in the field of school library administration, including building as well as district perspective. Topics to be included are: the school library media specialist's role in school improvement, collaboration with teachers, and the importance of networking with the school, within the district, and in the professional field. Emphasis on "real world" issues affecting administration of school libraries, with discussion of current trends in the field. Summer only.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
LIBS 635Technology for Teaching and Learning3.00
Effective use of technology with students and faculty to facilitate teaching and learning. Educational media selection, design, production, and instructional delivery to meet Wisconsin and Minnesota information and technology literacy standards. Management and planning concepts for technology in schools and libraries.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LIBS 640Information Literacy3.00
LIBS 645Integrating Technology in the Library Media Program3.00
Use of educational theory to select, design, and implement advanced information and instructional technologies in the library media program. Development of skills in planning and providing organizational professional development, and in appropriate use of intellectual property in teaching and learning
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LIBS 650Topics in Library Science1.00 - 3.00
Concentrated study of current special or advanced topics/issues in librarianship. Topics are selected by library faculty based upon student/library community interest. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Summer only.
LIBS 685Library Practice1.00 - 3.00
Supervised practice in library situations providing opportunity for practical application of library principles. Primarily for those in non-teaching areas. Requires consent of the instructor. (N.B. For prospective teachers the practicum in school library media centers is included in the student teacher's professional sequence.)
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
LIBS 690Supervised School Library Practicum Combined3.00
This course provides licensed teachers in the school library program with the opportunity to fully develop, practice, and reflect upon skills acquired through coursework in a supervised field experience in an elementary and a secondary school library and work in their own schools, as appropriate. Students create a portfolio demonstrating mastery of program competencies. Prerequisites: Graduate status, consent of instructor, completion of at least 21 credits at UW-Superior, 3.10 GPA in library media courses taken before entering the library media practicum.
LIBS 699Directed Studies in Librarianship1.00 - 3.00
Individualized study of a particular area or problem in librarianship. Topic selected requires approval of the instructor within the program who will be directing the study. May be taken in several units providing a different topic is taken each time.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT - Writing
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
WRIT 680Writing and Healing3.00
Exploration of theoretical and applied aspects of writing and healing. Forms studied and practiced may include poetry, story-telling, journaling, guided autobiography, and/or creative nonfiction, with focus on restorative benefits of narrative and imagistic writing.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
WRIT 695Directed Studies in Writing1.00 - 3.00
Supervised graduate study and research in Writing. Repeatable up to nine credits.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
WRIT 698Prior Learning Portfolio1.00
Facilitation of student's creation of a portfolio that documents prior learning. Reflection and analysis of prior learning experiences to articulate knowledge, understanding, and skills that may meet graduate-level learning outcomes. Designed for students with significant work and life experiences.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

Writing and Library Science Department Contact Information Top of Page

Writing and Library Science Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Swenson Hall 3061
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8195
Email: infowls@uwsuper.edu