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Library Media Program

Mission
The Mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent, confident, and caring professionals.

The College of Education at BHSU offers an undergraduate minor in library media. This new online-only program provides the following major benefits to students:

Acquire Your State Certification in Library Media
Known as the library media minor, this program allows you to receive the educational preparation required for South Dakota or Wyoming State certification as a School Media Specialist with the K-12 Library Media Endorsement.

Online Delivery
The entire program is available online for incredible convenience and flexibility. Even the practicum requirements may be completed at a local library, which means you can finish all of the coursework without leaving your hometown. All online courses are taught using Desire2Learn (D2L). Visit the D2L computer requirments page to check if your computer meets the minimum technical requirement.

State-of-the-Art Curriculum
The classes in this program incorporate the most cutting-edge pedagogical practices and emphasize the utilization of technology to facilitate student learning.

Great Employment Possibilities
There is a strong need for trained School Library Media Specialists, school librarians, and library aids. The projected retirement of librarians in the coming years suggests that the current national shortage of library professionals will only continue to grow, making this program especially relevant for today's educators.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
LIBM 222 Library & Society (Syllabus) 2
LIBM 305 Children's and Young Adults' Literature (Syllabus) 3
LIBM 306 Reference Resources (Syllabus) 3
LIBM 321 Organization & Administration of Library Media Center (Syllabus) 3
LIBM 408/508 Collection Development 2
LIBM 443/543 Cataloging and Classification 3
LIBM 495/595 Library Practicum (Syllabus) (Appendix 1) (Appendix 2) (Appendix 5) 2
ED 431/531 Library Media & Technology (Syllabus) 2
  Total 20

Course Descriptions

LIBM 222: Library & Society
This is an introductory Course emphasizing the history, philosophy, and social aspects of libraries and librarianship. Prerequisite: None

LIBM 305: Children's and Young Adults' Literature
This is an introductory course for both children's and young adult literature. Content will emphasize selection and evaluation of books according to levels, interest, special needs and educational objectives. Prerequisite: None

LIBM 306: Reference Resources
This course explores aspects of information retrieval in regard to the needs of the library customer. A variety of print and electronic library resources and search strategies will be reviewed. Prerequisite: None

LIBM 321: Organization & Administration of Library Media Center
This course includes the principles of organization and administration of the media center. Some of the problems studied are the standards for media centers, the media center as an educational force, library practices, personnel, supervision of staff, arrangement of library media center, and budgeting. Prerequisite: None

LIBM 408/508: Collection Development
A study of theories and practical aspects of print and electronic collection development and management for libraries. Includes library assessment, selection, evaluation, and policy making. Prerequisite: None

LIBM 443/543: Cataloging and Classification
Students will learn the tools and techniques employed in the organization of information for library use. Covers the theory and application of basic principles and concepts of descriptive cataloging, determination of access point, the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems, Sears and the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Provides the use of OCLC instruction; representative problems and practice. Prerequisite: None

LIBM 495/595: Library Practicum
For 2014, the 2-credit Library Media Practicum (LIBM-495/595) includes two complimentary components, each equal to a single semester hour credit. The first component is the actual fieldwork, a commitment of 45 hours (45 hours in the field, as defined by a semester-hour in the Academic Catalog). The second component is the Practicum readings and discussion, arranged around weekly topics relevant to the professional careers of librarians. Students seeking the K-12 Library Media endorsement in SD or WY will almost always need to have a K-12 library setting serve as their fieldwork site. Non-teaching students are encouraged to select a Practicum site in keeping with their long term library goals, be they public, academic, historical-society based, etc. If you have questions per the fieldwork-site selection process or the nature of the fieldwork course, contact your instructor. Ideally, the Practicum is one of the last classes taken by LIBM students and instructor permission is required for enrollment.

ED 431/531: Library Media & Technology
This hands-on course covers the fundamentals of instructional design and current technologies used to evaluate, produce, and operate instructional media, including multimedia aids, used in library media centers. It provides an overview of emerging technologies, including the Internet technology used in libraries/media centers. Prerequisite: None

Course Rotation

*Subject to change

Course Sp 14 Su 14 Fa 14 Sp 15 Su 15 Fa 15 Sp 16 Su 16
LIBM 222
 
X
 
X
 
 
 
X
LIBM 305
 
 
X
 
 
X
 
 
LIBM 306
 
 
X
 
 
X
 
 
LIBM 321
 
 
X
 
 
X
 
 
LIBM 408/508
X
 
 
 
X
 
X
 
LIBM 443/543
 
X
 
 
X
 
 
X
LIBM 495/595
X
 
 
X
 
 
X
 
ED 431/531
X
 
 
X
 
 
X
 
LIBM Methods
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
X

*Subject to change

Faculty

Ahola, Scott (LIBM 306, LIBM 408/508)

Chandler, Cynthia or Jones, Mary (LIBM 305)

Loose, Rich (ED 431/531)

Sago, Bobbi (LIBM 222, LIBM 321)

Tolan, Mike (LIBM 443/543, LIBM 495/595)

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