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.
The following electives provide the foundational principles of school librarianship and are highly recommended for students interested in this area:
- LIS 7002 Information Resources
- LIS 7400 School Library Management
The following electives are related to this area and are recommended for students interested in this area:
- 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 & Practice of Library Storytelling
- LIS 7807 Information Literacy Instruction
- LIS 7808 Special Topics in LIS (when topic is appropriate)
- LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science
- LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study
The MLIS meets the educational eligibility criteria for ancillary certification in School Librarianship from the Louisiana State Department of Education, with a passing score on the School Librarianship portion of PRAXIS. Ancillary certification does not require certification as a teacher.
LSU has not determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the other states. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you contact the applicable credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact Diane Gill to assist you in your career planning.