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K-12 School Librarianship

The School of Library and Information Science offers three distinct career paths to students interested in becoming school librarians:

Get advising information and other resources.

Watch a recorded open house on how to become a school librarian.

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What is it?

A school librarian typically works with students in a school library/media center. The daily job responsibilities of a school library media specialist typically reflect the roles of teacher, instructional partner, administrator, and information specialist. A school library media specialist takes an active role in teaching information literacy skills, collaborating with teachers on lessons, assisting teachers with curriculum resources, and integrating technology into the curriculum. The school library media specialist has an administrative role in managing all aspects of the school library such as developing the collection of library resources and making them available to staff and students. As an information specialist, the school library media specialist instructs others on evaluating and accessing information resources. (Source: SLIS Guidesheets)

What can I do with this background?

Librarian, teacher, administrator (at the school system level). With the M.L.I.S., a school librarian also will be qualified to work in a public or other type of library.

In addition to the required core courses, what courses should I take?

The K-12 School Library Media program does not have any electives. The required coursework can be found on the guidesheet/program statement form (above).

What professional organizations are relevant to this career path?

K-12 Advising Resources


Information Literacy

Microsoft Office


Bursar's Office Forms

Financial Aid Forms
Other SLIS Forms

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