Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship
About the Program
The Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship is available to certified teachers who desire add-on certification in School Librarianship from the Louisiana State Department of Education. Other students may be admitted with the understanding that the Graduate Certificate alone is not sufficient for certification as a school librarian. Students from other states must contact their state's department of education to verify whether the courses will be accepted for certification.
This is an entirely online certificate.
This certificate program is for certified teachers in Louisiana who are seeking add-on certification in school librarianship and who meet admissions requirements for the Masters in Library & Information Science program. Certified librarians develop collections that meet the curricular needs of the school, collaborate with teachers in integrating literature into their lesson plans, and assist students with finding reading materials that are interesting and age-appropriate.
Students are required to take six courses (18 hours) in areas such as Information Resources, School Library Management, Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, and Literature and Services for Children and Teens. Specific course work is determined by which area of emphasis students choose.
Elementary and/or Secondary School Library Materials: Nine hours
LIS 7002 Information Resources (core course)
Two courses selected from:
- LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children
- LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens
- LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship
- LIS 7104 Non-Fiction for Children and Teens
- LIS 7105 Graphic Novels in Libraries
- LIS 7800 The Art & Practice of Storytelling
- LIS 7808 Special Topics in Library & Information Science when the topic appropriate
Organization, Administration, and Interpretation of Elementary and/or Secondary School Library Service : Six hours
LIS 7400 School Library Management (core course)
- LIS 7010 Organization of Information (recommended; core course) OR
- LIS 7608 Introduction to Cataloging and Classification (core course)
Elementary and/or Secondary School Library Practice: Three hours
LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science
Students who will be applying for add-on certification in Louisiana must take LIS 7900 Internship in Library and Information Science OR substitute three years or more of successful experience as a school librarian.
Students who will have three years or more of successful experience as a school librarian by the time they complete the certificate may substitute an additional course from either Category 1 or Category 2 for the Internship in order to earn the required 18 hours.
Students who will not be applying for add-on certification in Louisiana and dual degree students may substitute an additional course from either Category 1 or Category 2 for the Internship in order to earn the required 18 hours.
Applicants must meet the same requirements for admission as students applying to the MLIS program. Students should apply through the LSU Graduate School.
Additional information about applying for Add-On Certification may be found here.
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. MLIS students would substitute an additional elective from Category 1 or 2 for the Category 3 internship.
Dr. Suzanne Stauffer
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