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Library Science 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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Libraries today do much more than lend books ­— they embrace new technologies. Libraries serve as media centers and the study of library science involves knowing how to match all types of resources with clients’ information needs.

Increased demand

In a world where great value is placed on information access and management, there is an increased demand for skills in research and information retrieval and producing and using informational and instructional materials.

Career preparation

A UW-Eau Claire library science minor prepares you for library or archivist work in universities, local government, public libraries, schools, non-profit groups or publishing companies. In addition, the skills you gain in information storage and retrieval will be beneficial for a career in the legal sector, in taxation work, in marketing, personnel, teaching, accounting, general administration or in software design and information management for the banking industry.

Completion leads to:

The library science liberal arts minor prepares you for mid-level public library positions, with some opportunities also available in academic and special libraries.

The library science teaching minor prepares you for Wisconsin licensure endorsement as K-12 instructional library media specialists.

The UW-Eau Claire advantage

The Library Science program will help you to become a leader in library and information services and the use of educational media technology. UW-Eau Claire develops competent, confident, and creative professionals who enjoy the information and media technology field and can instill this value in others.

Get personal

Our outstanding faculty are proud of the individual attention they give their students. You’ll learn in small class settings and get lots of one-on-one attention from professors who inspire learning and truly want you to succeed.

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Minors

- Library Science:
  liberal arts
- Library Science:
  teaching

Sample course work

- Library science and media education: these courses (i.e. Developing Library Skills, Developing Media Collections, Reference, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, etc.) prepare students for entry-level positions in libraries and media centers.

- Educational and media technology; these courses deal with using and creating media and technology for teaching.
- Education studies: these courses deal with the study of social forces, institutions and human relations that support formal education.
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The department also participates in the UW System School Library Education Consortium where students can gain initial and advanced (901 and 902) licensure as school library media specialists through Web-based graduate programs.

Our graduates

Library science minors work as school library media specialists, public librarians, special librarian for a commercial, medical, technical or industrial organization, college or university librarian, information officer for an organization.
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

- School library media
  specialist, K-12 schools
- Librarian, public libraries
  and universities
- Informational officer,
  corporations & organizations

Department contact information

Dr. Janet Adell Amann
amannjl@uwec.edu
715-836-2013

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