The Library Media Program at UW-Whitewater offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses for the purpose of 1901 or a902 licensure, a minor in library media, a master's degree, or for continuing education. All can be taken at the graduate level, and the 1901 courses and the Technology for Teachers course can be taken at the undergraduate level.

Technology for Teachers 1 cr 
Offered on a satisfactory / no credit basis only. ILSEM is a modular, individualized sytem designed to introduce students to the use of tools to locate, evaluate, analyze, process and communicate ideas in multiple media. It is the first step to mastering valuable technological skills for use in a classroom settingThroughout succeeding coursework and field experiences students will continue to develop and practice technology skills. The program is in the process of constant change, changing units as technologies and software evolve and as students enter college with changing sets of skills. Specific units change as the technologies change. This is required of all elementary and special education majors and is highly recommended for all library media students before taking other library courses.

Courses for the 1901 license

These courses fulfill the requirements for the 1901 as a library media specialist. The same courses are taking by licensed teachers seeking to add library media licensure and those in the minor. The courses can be taken either at the undergraduate or graduate level. The first course number is for the undergraduate course, the second is the graduate one. The undergraduate courses comprise the school and public library minor. Download and print the program requirements to track your progress on the minor, degree, or  license.

LIBMEDIA 343 / 543 OR ENGLISH 310/510
Adolescent Literature & Related Media 
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.

LIBMEDIA 350 / 550
Finding and Using Information
The purpose of reference and information work is to provide information service that invites curiosity and supports the development of knowledge in the community by discerning and answering questions, and supporting interests, inquiries and investigations. The course introduces basic theory and professional practice, and the tools, information resources and problem solving strategies used by professionals to: connect users of the library with the information they seek; provide associated services; and evaluate efficacy. For those professionals who get hooked, it really IS about inspiring dreams, sparking curiosity and solving problems.

LIBMEDIA 434 / 634 
Digital Tools for Learning
This course is an introduction to technologies for the library media center and the classroom.  As the information environment, the workplace, schools, students, and technologies, change, we must change methods of teaching to meet changing learning needs. Students need learning environments that require them to think critically, solve problems, and work collaboratively using technological tools. In this information-rich, multimedia world, students must learn to manage information, critically understand information in various formats and support their own arguments with appropriate evidence in multiple formats: text, graphics, motion, animation, sound, etc.  They must learn to both create the pieces and form them into a whole -- logically organizing the evidence in a linear or nonlinear fashion.  Basic skills are developed in the operation of equipment, independently solving technology problems, the production of print, graphic, and interactive electronic media, and the creation of learning environments that take full advantage of the new technologies.  

LIBMEDIA 451 / 651
Organizing Information
This course introduces different approaches and systems currently used for organizing items in libraries. Students will acquire practical knowledge of rules, standards, and tools used for bibliographic description and control, classification, and subject/content access.

LIBMEDIA 440 / 640 
Information Literacy
Students will gain hands-on experience as they gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions to

  • become confident in their own ability to find, evaluate, use, create and communicate information and knowledge;
  • apply strategies to effectively teach this process to all students at all levels;
  • support inquiry-based learning;
  • model and promote collaborative planning with other educators; 
  • incorporate knowledge of learners and learning to design and implement authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences that engage students' interests and develop their ability to carry out inquiry, think critically, gain and share knowledge, and manage information supported by appropriate digital tools and resources -- enabling members of the learning community to become effective users of ideas and information (AASL Standards); and
  • lead a school in developing a curriculum that systematically builds 21st century skills in students.

LIBMEDIA 454 / 654 
Library Administration 
Entry level concepts for the maintenance, management, and evaluation of school library media centers and services. Course addresses overall administrative issues such as selection and collection policy development; advocacy; personnel; budget and the Common School Fund; facilities; programming; collaboration; the instructional leadership role of the school librarian, and more.

ELEMMID 362/562 
Children's Literature 
A study of literature and media for Early Childhood PreK-6; emphasis on evaluating, selecting, and presenting materials related to the interests and needs of children and the curriculum.

LIBMEDIA 793e and LIBMEDIA 793s 
Practicum in Library Media 
Two practica are required for 902 initial licensure -- one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level. Each is 3 credits and must be taken at the graduate level. A course portfolio and GPA of 3.1 or higher in library media courses required for admission.

Combined elementary and secondary practicum
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 in work in their own schools.   Students create a portfolio demonstrating mastery of program competencies. Requires permission of practicum coordinator. A course portfolio and GPA of 3.1 or higher in library media courses required for admission.

For certification as a public librarian, grade II, one practicum is required (EDFNDPRC 411). This will change from 2 to 3 credits in spring 2011.

Courses for the 1902 Licensure

These courses must be taken at the graduate level to be applicable to 902 professional level licensure. The 902 license certification offered at UW-Whitewater consists of 18 graduate credits. Download and print the program requirements to track your progress on the minor, degree, or  license.

Information Technologies in Schools and Libraries 
Libraries have moved rapidly over the last decade from housing a few stand-alone computers to networked virtual environments that provide and organize information and encourage user participation and creation of knowledge.  The school learning environment may also be virtual as well as physical.   To make this possible, schools and libraries use a wide variety of technologies for digitizing resources, organizing information access, facilitating participation, structuring collaborative student learning, and connecting to the networked world.  This course examines the current and emerging technological systems and software used in schools and libraries, their selection, implementation, management and evaluation as well as legal and ethical issues involved in their use. Required for 902 licensure. 
Prereq: LIBMEDIA 434 / 634 or consent of instructor. 

Leadership and Administration of Library and Technology Programs 
As the world of information, the needs of 21st century learners, the resources and tools they use, and formal and informal learning environments are rapidly changing, school library and technology programs must evolve into a learning commons that supports collaborative, student-driving learning. This course is designed to be a seminar that examines administrative and leadership issues, policies, and practices pertinent to operation of effective information, media and technology programs in schools and districts, building on the knowledge and skills mastered in the Library Administration course (902 initial level). Competencies covered include leadership skills, legal and ethical issues, staffing issues, managing multiple facilities, advocacy, grant writing, and staff and professional development. 
Required for 902 licensure.

Information, Virtual Libraries and the Internet 
This program prepares professionals for the schools who support student multimedia literacy and democratic access to information. As Internet applications expand, those who create, store and provide access to information, from the Library of Congress to businesses, institutions and individuals are putting more and more information into digital form. This information may be in visual, textual, graphic or video format. Libraries are changing from individual, discrete, physical institutions to collaborative, distributed, integrated and virtual organizations. In turn, librarianship is also changing. Library members and their librarians need an understanding of the bodies engaged, funding available, issues and players involved, technologies required, and the skills and strategies needed. The magnitude of change is requiring an unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration.  Even the shifts are shifting as we move to libraries and librarians that are virtual and mobile and the emphasis shifts from custodian of artifacts to leadership and innovation through communication.  Students in this course will: 

  • Consider the importance of conversations in the collaborative development of knowledge. 
  • Explore the developing world of digital libraries and librarianship in networked environments.
  • Participate in developing a collaborative and customizable library environment
  • Reflect on the interrelated roles of librarians, teachers, students and experts in a world of virtual libraries and virtual learning environment

Required for 902 licensure.