School Library Studies (MA)
Tentative course schedule
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- Summer 2016
SLS 5115 Organization of Information -- 3 unit(s)
Application of standards of descriptive cataloging and MARC record for automated systems. Application of Dewey Decimal Classification and standard subject headings for school library catalogs. Administration of library automation systems for management of collections. Introduction of tagging and other web-based methods for organization of information and information sources. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): 4114/5114 or consent of program coordinator.
- Fall 2016
SLS 5114 Introduction to the School Library Program -- 3 unit(s)
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.
SLS 5134 Library Resources for Young Adults -- 3 unit(s)
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 or consent of instructor.
- Spring 2017
SLS 5132 Library Resources for Children -- 3 unit(s)
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 or consent of instructor.
SLS 6250 Reference Services and Information Retrieval -- 3 unit(s)
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.
- Summer 2017
SLS 6230 Technologies for Libraries -- 3 unit(s)
Emphasis on technologies for school libraries, including design specific to school library websites (Librarian as program administrator), web-based tools for teaching the inquiry processes (Librarian as teacher) and tools for organizing information for efficient user access (Librarian as information specialist). Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 4115/5115.
- Fall 2017
SLS 6223 School Library Curriculum Development -- 3 unit(s)
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. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): SLS 4132/5132 or SLS 4134/5134 or SLS 6250.
SLS 6295 Research in Library and Information Science -- 3 unit(s)
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.
- Spring 2018
SLS 6290 Practicum -- 3 unit(s)
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; SLS 6223; or written consent of instructor.
SLS 6299 Research
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; consent of department.
-- 3 unit(s); Complete paper/project
- Summer 2018
SLS 6225 Administration of the School Library Program -- 3 unit(s)
Management and leadership role of the school teacher librarian, including organizational strategies, planning, and policy development. Prerequisite(s): SLS 4114/5114.
Some students may choose to accelerate their progress by taking more than six units per term; some students may prefer a slower pace; such adjustments require referring to the schedule each semester to determine availability of courses.
Convenient course delivery
Courses are offered online using eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Many courses meet once per week via interactive video conferencing. Some courses include one or two in-person, hands-on experiences Saturdays on the UNI campus. Delivery methods are subject to change. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.