Academic Credit Options (ACO) at the University of Nevada, Reno offers all of the required courses for the K-12 School Library Media Specialist through the Nevada Department of Education under NAC 391.255 and NAC 391.265 (www.doe.nv.gov/educator_licensure/apply/School_Library_Media_Specialist/), and for public librarian certification through the Nevada State Library and Archives under NRS 379.0073 and NAC 379.020 (nsla.nv.gov/development/librarian_certification/)
The courses also may be of interest to BGS students and others interested in gaining foundational knowledge of libraries and librarianship. Each certification requires 21 credits (7 courses) which may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Six of these courses are applicable to both certifications, and may be taken in any order (except EDUC 475/675):
Theories, principles, and practices of selecting books and other library materials with particular emphasis on public, special and school libraries. (Formerly LSC 309; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 473/673; implemented Fall 2007.)
Use of technology in library settings and in the study of library science. Software, hardware, the Internet, library automation and emerging trends. (Formerly LSC 477/677; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 477/677; implemented Fall 2007.)
Evolution of libraries and description of principal fields of library service, their organization, and special problems. (Formerly LSC 305; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 472/672; implemented Fall 2007.)
Includes functions of school library. Relationship of library to schools total instructional program. Preparation of library budget. Other problems of library administration. (Formerly CI 476/676; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 476/676; implemented Fall 2007.)
Reference skills for public and school libraries. Covers basic reference tools, including electronic resources, and understanding of the reference process in the digital age. (Formerly LSC 303; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 478/678; implemented Fall 2007.)
Survey of the field of books for children. Children's reading interests and needs as bases for evaluating and selecting library materials for the elementary school. (Formerly CI 607; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 607; implemented Fall 2007.) If Undergraduate, contact ACO for options.
Cataloging of books and other library materials. Includes practice in working with Dewey and Library of Congress classification systems, principles of entry and cross referencing and organization of periodicals. (Formerly CI 474/674; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 474/674; implemented Fall 2007.)
Supervised Library Practice (offered by individual arrangement after completion of at least five (5) other required courses, including Cataloging and Administration.
History and Organization of Libraries (offered every Fall – even years). Evolution of libraries and description of principal fields of library service, their organization, and special problems. (Formerly LSC 305; implemented Fall 2003.) (Formerly EDS 472/672; implemented Fall 2007.)
Courses do not follow traditional academic schedule. Typical class structure has two face-to-face meetings on weekends, Saturday or Sunday, with additional course work online. See the current courses page for course schedules. For more program information contact Dawna Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate "Library Program" in the subject).
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“Since I live in a rural area, Ellen Fockler (the instructor) volunteered to modify the Library Practice syllabus to accommodate an online practicum class at Jackpot Combined School. It was a wonderful and worthwhile experience. . . This online practicum was meaningful because of Ellen’s effort to adjust and implement a syllabus that was useful and accommodating for distance learning.”
—Nancy Brackett, librarian
Jackpot Combined School