Library Science

Faculty
Ella Cross, Assistant Professor
Laura Jacobs, Assistant Professor
Debra Nordgren, Associate Professor
Peter Nordgren, Assistant Professor

The emphasis of the Library Science program is on preparing students for positions in school library media centers. However, coursework in the program may be useful in obtaining selected positions in academic, specialized and public libraries. Additionally, the program provides a solid foundation toward an advanced degree in Library Science.

Competencies developed in the required and recommended courses of the Library Science curriculum will satisfy requirements for the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) Initial and Professional Library Media Specialist licenses as described in PI 34.33 and the Minnesota Library Media Specialist License. Library science students expecting to be certified for service in school library media services must complete a portion of their student teaching experience in school library media services under the direction of a licensed, experienced Library Media Specialist. Candidates for the Initial License who are already teacher certified and are looking to enhance their professional credentials are expected to complete at least 15 hours of coursework before the student teaching experience and will fulfill the student teaching requirement by registering for TED 445: Supervised Practice for In-service Teachers.

Candidates seeking the Professional Library Media Specialist license must have held an Initial Library Media Specialist license for at least three years. Movement to the Professional Library Media Specialist license is required no later than five years after the Initial license has been issued. The Professional license requires completion of coursework beyond the bachelorís degree in a masterís degree or the equivalent in an approved program.

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 http://academics.uww.edu/libmedia/uwsslec/ or contact the department chair.


Library Science Minor
24 credits

Required courses:
LIBS 199†††††††† Foundations of Information Literacy††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 credit
LIBS 303/503Information Resources and Services††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 307/507Collection Development††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 308/508Organizing Library/Media Materials††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 309 ††††††† Curriculum, Leadership and the Library Media Program††††††††††† 2 credits
(Only students seeking certification for the Wisconsin DPI Initial Library Media Specialist License or Minnesota Library Media Specialist License are required to take LIBS 309. Others may choose a recommended course.)
LIBS 310/510Young Adult Literature†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 325/525Administration of School Media Programs†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 406/606*Children's Literature†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 435*†††††† Technology for Teaching and Learning††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits

Recommended courses:
LIBS 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 499/699Directed Studies in Librarianship†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1-3 credits

*Cross-listed in another department

Professional Library Media Specialist
17 credits required:
LIBS 509†††††††† Curriculum, Leadership, and the Library Media Program†††††††††† 2 credits
LIBS 612 ††††††† Trends and Issues in K-12 Literature †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 616 ††††††† Advanced Administration of School Library Media Programs††† 3 credits
LIBS 635†††††††† Technology for Teaching and Learning††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
TED 744 †††††††† Instructional Systems Design†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
EDAD 757 ††††† Curriculum Management and Development, K12†††††††††††††††††††††† 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

MSE-I
As an alternative students may choose to complete the following masterís degree with a concentration in Library Science.

Licensed teachers may earn a Master of Science in Education-Instruction at the same time they complete requirements for their Professional licensure. Candidates seeking the Professional Library Media Specialist license must have held an Initial Library Media Specialist license for at least three years. Once admitted to the Graduate Studies program, students may follow the MSE-Instruction, Strand B, to complete 32 hours of coursework in the Teacher Education Department, Library Science program and Educational Administration Department.

Required courses in Teacher Education:
TED 734 †††††††† Learning and Instructional Practice †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
TED 741 †††††††† Measurement and Evaluation ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
TED 750 †††††††† Research Foundations of Education ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
TED 751 †††††††† Making Educational Decisions ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
TED 752 †††††††† Educational Research Project †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2-3 credits

Required courses in Library Science, Teacher Education, Educational Administration to complete the requirements for the Professional License:
LIBS 509 ††††††† Curriculum, Leadership, and the Library Media Program ††††††††† 2 credits
LIBS 612 ††††††† Trends and Issues in K-12 Literature †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 616 ††††††† Advanced Administration of School Library Programs ††††††††††††† 3 credits
LIBS 635 ††††††† Technology for Teaching and Learning †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
EDAD 757 ††††† Curriculum Management and Development ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 credits
TED 744 †††††††† Instructional Systems Design ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 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