Education K-12: Library Media Studies (LIBM)

LIBM 461 - Information Literacy. 3 Credits.

Offered spring, online only. Students learn instructional techniques for teaching information literacy skills, including critical thinking skills and the use of process models for conducting research. This course emphasizes librarians as school leaders in initiating standards-based collaborative and cross-disciplinary information literacy instruction.

LIBM 462 - Youth Literature for Librarians. 3 Credits.

Offered autumn and spring of even years, online only. Students read award-winning youth literature books and develop strategies for facilitating K-12 students in using fiction and non-fiction works for academic research and for the pursuit of personal interests. Students curate literature lessons to be used in collaboration with classroom teachers.

LIBM 464 - Reference Resources. 3 Credits.

Offered autumn, online only. This course focuses on the use, selection, and evaluation of print and electronic reference resources. Students learn methods of teaching advanced search strategies and the ethical use of information.

LIBM 466 - Libraries & Technology. 3 Credits.

Offered summer, online only. Students explore and master established and emerging technologies commonly used in library administration and instruction. This course emphasizes digital citizenship and digital ethics.

LIBM 467 - Collection Development & Cataloging. 4 Credits.

Offered autumn, online only. Students study the development of policies and procedures for selecting, processing, cataloging and maintaining physical and electronic materials in the school library. Students learn about the elements of standard library cataloging using Dewey classification, Library of Congress and Sears subject headings, and the creation of records for the library management system.

LIBM 468 - Administration & Assessment of Library Programs. 3 Credits.

Offered spring and summer of even-numbered years, online only. This course explores administration and management of the school library space, materials, budget, and programs. Students learn strategies for assessing library program in terms of effectiveness, instructional collaboration, and district support, using state, regional and national guidelines for library programs and services.

LIBM 491 - Special Topics. 1-6 Credits.

(R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate.

LIBM 492 - Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

(R-6) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr. Course material appropriate to the needs and objectives of the individual student.

LIBM 495 - Practicum. 2 Credits.

Offered spring and summer. Prereq., 16 credits in the LIBM program and consent of instructor. In supervised field experiences in one or more libraries, student work is guided by an individualized training plan that outlines objectives and activities for the course. The practicum includes coursework outside of the field experiences, including a final portfolio of accomplishments.