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. 

Course Requirements

Complete two required courses (6 hours):

  • LIS 7002 Information Resources 
  • LIS 7400 School Library Management

Complete at least three of the following electives (9 hours):

  • LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children
  • LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens
  • LIS 4104 Collection Development of Non-fiction
  • LIS 4105 Collection Development of Graphic Novels
  • LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship
  • LIS 7800 The Art and Practice of Library Storytelling
  • LIS 7807 Information Literacy
  • LIS 7808 Special Topics in LIS (when 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 Louisiana Department of Education.

Dual Degree with Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship

MLIS students may also earn the Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship by submitting the Request for Dual Degree. All Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship courses will apply to the MLIS degree. A description of the certificate is available at Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship. MLIS students would substitute an additional elective from Category 1 or 2 for the Category 3 internship.


Dr. Suzanne Stauffer