School Librarianship

School librarians work in public or private elementary, middle, and high school libraries, where they develop collections which support the curriculum, collaborate with teachers to integrate reading into the classroom, and provide information literacy and reference services to students. 


Students must take LIS 7400 School Library Management.

Students must also complete at least three of the following courses:

  • LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children
  • LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens 
  • LIS 7002 Information Resources
  • LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship
  • LIS 7104 Non-Fiction for Children and Teens
  • LIS 7105 Graphic Novels in Libraries
  • LIS 7800 The Art and Practice of Library Storytelling
  • LIS 7807 Information Literacy
  • LIS 7808 Special Topics in Library & Information Science when the topic is appropriate
  • LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science
  • LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study 

MLIS students who hold a valid teaching certificate may add school library certification to their certificate after graduation. MLIS students who do not hold a valid teaching certificate may earn Ancillary Certification after graduation by passing the school library portion of the PRAXIS examination. Information about Add-On and Ancillary Certification may be found at

Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship

The Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship is available to certified teachers who desire add-on certification in School Librarianship only. Applicants must meet the same requirements for admission as students applying to the MLIS program.  A description of the certificate is available at Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship

For more information, contact Dr. Suzanne Stauffer.