Library Media Program
The Mission of the School of Education is to prepare competent, confident, and caring professionals.
The School 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 aides. 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||Management of the Library Media Center (Syllabus)||2|
|LIBM 408/508||Collection Development||2|
|LIBM 409/509||Library Methods||2|
|LIBM 443/543||Information: Organization, Retrieval, and Discovery||2|
|LIBM 495/595||Library Practicum||2|
|ED 431/531||Library Media & Technology (Syllabus)||2|
LIBM 222: Library & Society
This is an introductory course emphasizing the foundations of librarianship as a profession. The areas studied include 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: Management of the Library Media Center
This course includes the principles of administration of the library media center. Some of the areas studied are the standards of media centers, the media center as an educational force, library practices, personnel management, supervision and evaluation of staff, 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 409/509: Library Methods
This course is an introduction to a wide variety of library activities for school and public libraries that will incorporate collaboration with teachers, implementation of common core state standards and social media. Prerequisite: None
LIBM 443/543: Information: Organization, Retrieval, and Discovery
Organization and access to information is the central theme. Students will examine: systems and theories of organization; cataloging and classification; subject access, indexing, and metadata; information seeking behavior; and designing access to information. Prerequisite: None
LIBM 495/595: Library Practicum
Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.
ED 431/531: Library Media & Technology
This hands-on course covers 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
*Subject to change
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*Subject to change
Ahola, Scott (LIBM 306, LIBM 408/508)
Chandler, Cynthia or Cooper, Mary (LIBM 305)
Loose, Rich (ED 431/531)
Sago, Bobbi (LIBM 222, LIBM 321)
Tolan, Mike (LIBM 443/543, LIBM 495/595)
TBD (LIBM 409/509)
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