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101 Introduction to Computer Science (3) A first course in computer science providing a survey of current topics as well as core programming and related problems solving skills. Satisfies the mathematics requirement for General Education. Students should have an acceptable score on the Mathematics Placement Test or have completed an appropriate remedial course. Cross-listed as CSCI 101. MATH 095 recommended. F06, S07, F07, S08


199 Foundations of Information Literacy (1) Overview of how information is created and shared in different disciplines and how knowledge of this publication process cycle informs methods of finding information. Includes the theoretical and practical exploration of the various skills and critical thinking abilities needed to identify, use, and evaluate information found in traditional and emerging environments. F06, S07, F07, S08.


303/503 Information Resources and Services (3) 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. F07


307/507 Collection Development (1) Develops the ability to build and maintain resource collections by studying current policies and philosophies in the selection, acquisition, and evaluation of print and non-print materials to support the goals of the school/community and the personal, developmental and curricular/institutional needs of users in the school library media center or library. Interactive Distance Education (IDE) course offered each year. F07


308/508 Organizing Library/Media Materials (3) Begins to apply strategies for organizing, disseminating and promoting flexible access to materials that best meet library users’ information needs. Includes the study of basic principles and purposes of organizing, storing, and arranging books and non-book materials in a library. In addition, there is practice in application of principles involved, including use of  MARC formats, and an introduction to computer-based cataloging systems. F06


309/509 Curriculum, Leadership and the Library Media Programs (2) Development of skills in improving the school curriculum through information literacy. Methods of planning and teaching to help teachers, students, and administrators use library and other information resources effectively. S07


310/510 Young Adult Literature (3) Examines the range of print and mediated literature available to young adults. Discusses criteria for evaluation, selection, and guidance in use to meet both student and curriculum uses. An appreciation for the literature is developed through experiences in reading, viewing, and classroom reporting. F06


325/525 Administration of School Media Programs (3) Introduction to administration of school 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 state and national guidelines appropriate to school media programs. S07


406/606 Children's Literature (3) Study of the various types of fiction and nonfiction literatures published for, used with, or selected by children ages 0 to 12. Emphasis on 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 and utilize literature. Cross-listed as TED 406/606. S07, S08


435/635 Technology for Teaching and Learning (3) 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. Cross-listed as TED 435/635. S06, S08


450/650 Topics in Library Science (1-3) Concentrated study of current special or advanced topics/issues in librarianship. Topics selected by library faculty based on student/library community interest. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Summer only


485/685 Library Practice (1-3) 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.) Prerequisites: LIBS 199 and ENGL 101 OR 102. Instructor consent required. F06, S07, SS07, F07, S08, SS08


499/699 Directed Studies in Librarianship (1-3) 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. F06, S07, F07, S08


612 Trends and Issues K-12 Literature (3) 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.


616 Advanced Administration of School Library Media Program (3) Advanced preparation for work in school library administration, including building as well as district perspective. Topics  include: 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.