Courses

Major in School Library Studies

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required for the thesis option, and a minimum of 33 semester hours is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Students choosing the thesis option are required to write a thesis and pass an oral defense conducted by the thesis committee. Students choosing the non-thesis option are required to complete the departmental graduate research requirement. In lieu of a comprehensive examination, all students must complete a comprehensive portfolio, during their final semester of course work, that meets the requirements of the division faculty.

The program is open to students who hold or have completed coursework for teaching licensure. Students completing this major are eligible for the K-12 School Teacher Librarian endorsement if they hold or are eligible to hold a teaching license.

Required:

School Library Studies:

33

SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g). Introduction to the School Library Program — 3 hrs. 

Survey of school librarianship, functions of the school library, national and state professional guidelines and standards, ethical and legal issues; includes a field experience collection management project in a selected school library. Must be taken in the first semester. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; consent of instructor. (Variable)

SLS 4115/5115 (350:115g). Organization of Information — 3 hrs.

Application of standards of descriptive cataloging and MARC record for manual and automated systems and resource sharing. Examination of classification schemes and application of Dewey Decimal Classification and subject headings for school library catalogs. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g) or consent of instructor. (Variable)

SLS 4132/5132 (350:132g). Library Resources for Children — 3 hrs. 

Collection development process related to resources of elementary school libraries, with a focus on strategies for supporting students' reading motivation and reading comprehension. Roles of the teacher librarian as both information specialist and teacher. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g) or consent of instructor. (Variable)

SLS 4134/5134 (350:134g). Library Resources for Young Adults — 3 hrs. 

Collection development process related to resources of secondary school libraries, with a focus on the roles of the teacher librarian as both information specialist and teacher. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g) or consent of instructor. (Variable)

SLS 6223 (350:223). School Library Curriculum Development — 3 hrs. 

Collaborative role of the school teacher librarian in curriculum design. Study of curriculum frameworks and the curriculum integration of information process models, PK-12, with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. Prerequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g). Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 4132/5132 (350:132g) or SLS 4134/5134 (350:134g) or SLS 6250 (350:250). (Variable)

SLS 6225 (350:225). Administration of the School Library Program — 3 hrs.

Management and leadership role of the school teacher librarian, including organizational strategies, planning, and policy development. Prerequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g). (Variable)

SLS 6230 (350:230). Library Automation Systems and Networks — 3 hrs.

Technology applications and networks in school library programs, including library automation systems, search engines, and federated searching, as well as current and emerging technologies for school library programs. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g); SLS 4115/5115 (350:115g). (Variable)

SLS 6250 (350:250). Reference Services and Information Retrieval — 3 hrs.

Collection management for print and electronic reference resources in elementary and secondary schools. Question-negotiation, search strategies, evaluation of information delivery systems in the context of inquiry based learning. Prerequisite(s): SLS 4115/5115 (350:115g). (Variable)

SLS 6290 (350:290). Practicum — 3 hrs.

Experience in the function of elementary and secondary school libraries. Principles of effective collaborative teaching and inquiry based learning. May be repeated up to six hours with permission of the Division. Prerequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g); SLS 6223 (350:223); or written consent of instructor. (Variable)

SLS 6295 (350:295). Research in Library and Information Science — 3 hrs.

Survey of basic research methodologies and critical evaluation of school library research studies. The use of the research process to develop a draft proposal for a research study, or project. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 6250 (350:250). (Variable)

SLS 6299 (350:299). Research— 3 or 6 hrs.

Focus on the process of completing the research study, project, or thesis. Must be taken during the semester when the study is completed and may be repeated. Student must enroll in at least 1 credit hour during the semester the study is completed. Prerequisite(s): SLS 6295 (350:295). (Variable)

 

Thesis Option (6 hours)  

Non-thesis Option (3 hours)

Total Credits: Thesis Option      

36

Total Credits: Non-thesis Option

33

Students who have previous course work which is equivalent to required courses are encouraged to take elective courses in instructional technology, gifted education, postsecondary education, or other education-related programs.