K-12 School Librarianship
The School of Library and Information Science offers three distinct career paths to students interested in becoming school librarians:
- M.L.I.S. + K-12 School Library Media Licensure (details below);
- M.Ed. / M.L.I.S. SLM Dual Degree;
K-12 School Library Media Licensure only
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 School Library Media Licensure FAQ brochure
The Electronic Portfolio
- Orientation to MLIS + K-12 School Library Program
- Instructional Technology Graduate Program Rotation
- Culminating Experience: Practicum Handbook for K-12 School Library Students
- Dual Degree (M.L.I.S. / M.ED.) Student Information
Bursar's Office Forms
Other SLIS Forms
- Library Literature and Information Science (11th on the list)