Course Descriptions

Library Media Certification Program
21 credits

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*Students will be asked to locate a mentor librarian and a library to use as a "lab" for classes and practical applied activities. Practicum experiences will be required in several of the classes and students might be asked to keep a log. (Click on the course number to read a short description.)

  • EDCI 522 3 cr. Information Resources & Services
  • EDCI 545 3 cr. Organization of Information in School Library Media Center
  • EDCI 546 3 cr. The School Library Media Specialist
  • EDCI 547 3 cr. Information Inquiry and Educational Change
  • EDCI 548 3 cr. Management of Information and Resources
  • EDCI 549 3 cr. Applications of Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • EDCI 598 3 cr. Internship
  • EDCI 580 3 cr. Internship

Course Descriptions

EDCI 522 (3 cr.) Info Resources & Services

This course introduces prospective school library media specialists to the theory, practice, and issues of reference and information services in libraries including digital reference services, information services to diverse populations, and print and online reference tools.

EDCI 545 (3 cr.) Organization of Information in School Library Media Centers

This course introduces prospective school library media specialists to the principles and techniques of cataloging and classification of books and multimedia library materials. Concepts and tools include Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2), Library of Congress and Sears Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification, and online public access catalogs.

EDCI 546 (3 cr.) The School Library Media Specialist

An overview of trends, management techniques, and issues concerning administration of the school media center, including management and leadership skills, budgeting, facilities design, and evaluation techniques.

EDCI 547 (3 cr.) Information Inquiry and Educational Change

This course presents students, primarily prospective school library media specialists, with content and strategies for working with teachers to incorporate information literacy and media literacy into a changing curriculum and explore information inquiry models. Also included are topics affecting change in libraries and education such as: filtering, censorship, digital ethics, new technologies and other topics as relevant to inquiry and integration.

EDCI 548 (3 cr.) Management of Information and Resources

The purpose of the course is to examine the principles and explore alternative approaches to the management, development, use, and evaluation of library collections in school library media centers. Emphasis will also be placed on intellectual freedom, copyright (as applied to digital environment and duplication of resources), curricular involvement, and outside resources for collection sharing and development.

EDCI 549 (3 cr.) Applications of Literature for Children and Young Adults

This course explores the field of childrens' young adult (YA) literature through reading children's and YA materials as well as professional articles and Internet resources. Through assignments and discussions, we will look at children's and YA literature field through the eyes of adults who will use these books with children and teens.

EDCI 598 (3 cr.) Internship*

Students already working as non certified school library media specialists may take electives to fulfill the Internship requirement and these must be cleared with Dr. Ewbank.

EDCI 580 (3 cr.) Internship*

580 topics, if offered, will vary and may substitute for EDCI 598 (Internship) for those teachers already working in a school library media center. Contact Dr. Ewbank.

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