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M.S. in Library and Information Science/School Library Media

For K-12 school children, the school library represents the buried treasure at the core of our civilization. Classroom teachers give students a selective taste of these riches. But it’s the School Library Media Specialist who can unlock the entire storehouse of facts, ideas and values that make us who we are.

There is a critical need for School Library Media Specialists in the tri-state area – people who enjoy working with students, teachers and administrators along the technological frontiers of today’s information society. To meet this need, the Palmer School of Library and Information Science offers a 36-credit Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in School Library Media.

As a graduate of this program you will be empowered as an educational change agent – helping students and teachers alike become efficient and discriminating users of the often bewildering resources of print and digital information now available.

Courses for the School Library Media specialization are offered in the blended learning and online formats, which combines the convenience of online learning with the richness of face-to-face classroom instruction. Ideal for busy working professionals, students can attend classes on their own schedule virtually anywhere there is an Internet connection, while still reaping the benefits of meeting in person with professors and other professionals.

The master’s program is accredited by the American Library Association and prepares students for Initial New York State Certification as a School Library Media Specialist. After three years of successful employment in the field, professional certification can be requested from New York State.

Program Goals

School Library Media Specialists are prepared to:

  • Initiate and sustain a leadership role for using learning-based technologies to teach the integration of information literacy and inquiry skills with knowledge across the curriculum.
  • Facilitate partnerships within schools, school districts and the community at large for improved communications and educational services.
  • Maintain an awareness of school and community cultures and develop new services accordingly
  • Develop and implement management strategies that remain adaptive to changing educational objectives.