Library Science 616

EDLS 616: Developing Partnerships for Learning

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or instructor permission

Credit Hours: (3)

The role of libraries in the teaching-learning process and the role of the school library media specialist within the curriculum as a teacher, team member, instructional consultant, and leader is examined. Students will apply learning theory to planning and implementing cooperative projects, which lead to the promotion of information literacy. Methods of developing learning partnerships will be examined.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Students will examine the role of the school library media center in the context of constructivist learning theory. They will study models of collaborative partnerships designed to support K-12 student research. The development of national and state standards will be addressed, as well as instructional strategies and performance-based assessment and their role in a learning partnership framework. Students will learn how to team with teachers, school administrators and community agencies and leaders to build an integrated information curriculum in school settings.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course is designed to give students opportunities to participate in active learning techniques. Active learning often requires collaboration. Students will form teams to complete class activities, discussions and assigned readings to achieve the course objectives.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will:

  • Examine learning theory and educational issues as they relate to information literacy.
  • Describe the essential role that an integrated library program plays in the teaching-learning process.
  • Explore the collaborative role of library media specialists in the area of teaching and learning.
  • Investigate models of collaborative partnerships used in student research.
  • Demonstrate cooperative planning for incorporating information skills into the curriculum.
  • Explain the relationship among national/state standards, instructional strategies, and performance assessment.


Assessment Measures

Students will be assessed on how well they meet the course objectives by projects, papers, portfolios, collaborative work, and presentations.