Library Media Courses

LM 5010 Learning Resources Centers and Services - 3 graduate credits
This course will focus on the role and functions of technology in K-12 schools. The topics covered will include the problems of organization and management, the types of learning resources and services, and federal and state programs and standards. We will also look at the developments and trends in technology and how it impacts school media centers.


LM 5020 Cataloging and Classification - 3 graduate credits
This course will introduce the principles of organization of information and information retrieval systems. Topics covered will include organization of print and non-print collections, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress and Sears Subject Headings, Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and MARC records. Emphasis will be placed on cataloging and classification of school library materials. Library automation systems and their management, copy cataloging, and trends in technology will also be covered.


LM 5030 Reference and Research - 3 graduate credits
This course will introduce student to concepts, principles and current developments in reference and information services for the school library/media center. This will include the most important and used reference materials in both print and electronic format, evaluation of reference sources, the reference interview, bibliographic instruction, and readers' advisory.


LM 5040 Integrating Technology in the School - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed to provide School Media Specialists and Technology Integrators with hands-on experience with multimedia technology and its effects on the 21st century learner. Current web and multimedia tools will be explored. Other topics to be covered are collaboration/teamwork with other educators and the role of the Library Media Specialist in integrating technology.


LM 5210 Practicum in School Media - 3 graduate credits
The practicum is to provide the student with a supervised field experience in one of several cooperating institutions or agencies. The purpose is to gain meaningful work experience through applying knowledge learned in previous coursework to the on-the-job situation. Commitment includes a negotiated number of hours per week. Supervision is by the institution or agency concerned and by PSU faculty.


LM 5300 Advanced Children and Young Adult Literature - 3 graduate credits
This advanced literature course will survey fiction and non-fiction books for school age students. Genres to be discussed include picture books, traditional literature, modern fantasy, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, multicultural literature, informational books, biographies and graphic books. Students will also explore new issues and trends in literature including technological advancements. The course is designed to help the educator evaluate and select appropriate literature to develop and maintain school library collections as well as classroom and instructional libraries. During this course, students will critically discuss current issues in children's and young adult literature.


LM 5500 Special Topics in Library Media Studies - 1-3 graduate credits
An in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue or concern. The course will be taught by a specialist within the field being studied or as an alternative methodology. Since topics vary, the course may be repeated with permission of the instructor.


LM 5910 Independent Study - 1-3 graduate credits
An in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue or concern. Topic must receive approval by the Program Coordinator.

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