Library Science Certification

Academic Credit Options (ACO) at the University of Nevada, Reno offers all of the required courses for the K-12 School Library Media Specialist (21 credits) through the Nevada Department of Education and for Certification for Public Librarians (21 credits).

The courses also may be of interest to Bachelor of General Studies (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).

Fall Courses

EDUC 473/673: Selection and Acquisition of Library Materials (offered every Fall)

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.)

EDUC 477/677: Technology in the Library (offered every Fall)

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.)

Spring Courses

EDUC 476/676: Administration of the School Library (offered every Spring)

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.)

EDUC 478/678: Bibliography and General Reference (offered every Spring)

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.)

EDRL 607: Book Selection for Children (offered every Spring)

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.

Summer Courses

EDUC 475/675: School Library Media Specialist (required 7th course)\

Supervised Library Practice (offered by individual arrangement after completion of at least five (5) other required courses, including Cataloging and Administration.

EDUC 472/672: Public Librarian Certification (required 7th course)

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.)

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