The Library Media Program at UW-Whitewater offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses for the purpose of 1902 licensure, a minor in library media, a master's degree, or for continuing education. Many can be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level.

General Technology Course

Technology for Teachers
This 1 credit course is offered on a satisfactory / no credit basis only. It is 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 1902 license

The same courses are taking by licensed teachers seeking to add library media licensure and those in the minor or seeking initial licensure. 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 for those seeking a graduate degree. The undergraduate courses comprise the school and public library minor.

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.

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.

Information, Virtual Libraries and the Internet  (new version offered fall 2017 or later)
Graduate level alternative for LIBMEDIA 350/550 in 1902 licensure program.  LIBMEDIA 550 accepted for those who began program before 2018.

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.

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. Pre-requisite: Admission to Professional Education and LIBMEDIA 439 or Permission of Instructor 

Design of Curriculum for Inquiry

School librarians provide curriculum support, coaching, and information and technology literacy skills instruction. This course provides the theoretical basis and hands-on experience to carry out these roles working with teachers and students. Alternative for LIBMEDIA 440/640 in 1902 licensure program
Pre-requisite: Admission to Professional Education and LIBMEDIA 439 or Permission of Instructor 

Graduate level alternative for LIBMEDIA 440.  LIBMEDIA 640 accepted for those who began the program before 2018.  

LIBMEDIA 454 / 654 
Library Administration 
The theories, principles and processes underlying the organization and administration of school and public library services: planning, organizing staffing, budgeting, acquiring, and accessing resources, evaluating, scheduling, promoting and marketing, equipping, housing and policy development. Emphasis is on planning, leadership, working toward change and the new roles and responsibilities of the library professional.  


Librarians as Leaders

This course examines advanced 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 and focusing on leadership skills, planning, legal and ethical issues, advocacy, grant writing, infrastructure, and personal professional development. Pre-requisite:  LIBMEDIA 454  

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. 
Pre-requisite:  LIBMEDIA 454 or 654 Alternative for LIBMEDIA 455 in 1902 licensure program

Graduate alternative for LIBMEDIA 455

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, LIBMEDIA 793m, and LIBMEDIA 793s 
Practicum in Library Media 
Two practica are required for 902 initial licensure.  Students choose from elementary, middle school and high school level, based on prior experiences in the schools. Each is 3 credits and must be taken at the graduate level. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in library media courses required for admission.

Library Methods Course
This course is designed as an exploration into teaching pedagogy, classroom management, assessment and reflection, which applies to school library management. Teacher candidates will engage in critical studies of teaching methods, lesson plan writing, dissecting content/Wisconsin state standards and student assessment. School librarian candidates will observe critical classroom and school library management: a key component of educational pedagogy.  This is a required course for students working on the 1902 initial license.  Prerequisites: EDFNDPRC 210, EDFOUND 243, AND 1 OF THE FOLLOWING 3 COURSES: EDFOUND 212, EDFOUND 222, EDFOUND 481 Co-requisites: CIFLD 401, CIFLD 402 or CIFLD 404

For students who began licensure program before fall 2017, these courses are also required for the 1902 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. 
Pre-requisites: LIBMEDIA  434 / 634 or consent of instructor. 

School Library Technologies

Undergraduate alternative for LIBMEDIA 741 in 1902 licensure program 


Information, Virtual Libraries and the Internet   (old version for those who had LIBMEDIA 350/550 before fall 2017)
This course 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


Public Library Courses

Public Library Administration Practicum

Students combine study of public library governance and law, financial management, collection development and programming and knowledge and skills from prior library coursework with experience in a small public library to apply theory to practice. Offered on a satisfactory/no credit grade basis only. Pre-requisites: LIBMEDIA 350, 451, 454 OR Consent of instructor