School Library Media Coordinator Program

Coordinator leaning on booksWhether you’re making a career change or just starting out, school librarianship is one of the most rewarding careers that a person can choose if you enjoy children, learning, sharing your enthusiasm about learning, reading and technology. Today’s school library media specialist is a leader who works within the school community to support and foster lifelong learning and the love of reading. Working collaboratively with teachers, school library media specialists contribute to advanced learning by guiding and encouraging individual inquiry and engaging students to think critically about the world around them.

Job opportunities are plentiful, with trends indicating that a large number of school librarians will reach retirement age over the next ten years. Individuals interested in seeking a MSLS specializing in school librarianship from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science will find:

  • Intellectually rigorous courses emphasizing skills in curriculum development, management, technology integration and leadership
  • Exceptional faculty
  • Dedicated community of peers
  • Instruction in emerging technologies used in today’s schools
  • Hands-on experience in public school settings
  • Personalized mentoring by licensed school library media coordinators and SILS faculty
  • Preparation for the NC 076 school library media coordinator license

It is our number one priority that graduates of this program leave with a clear understanding of the diverse learner, how the act of learning occurs, and best practice and emerging trends in teaching and instruction. We strive to prepare our graduates to enter the workforce ready to positively engage and support students, teachers, and administrators and create a school library media program that reaches beyond its four walls.

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School Librarian Roles 

School librarian?  Media specialist?  Information technology specialist?  Library media coordinator? Job titles and descriptions vary, but the profession is, at its core, devoted to working with teachers and students to positively impact teaching and learning.
 
The national standard for school librarianship, Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (American Librarian Association, 2009), says:
 
“The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The school library media specialist (SLMS) empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information” (p. 8).
 
To carry out the mission, the library media specialist performs the following separate but overlapping roles to link the information resources and sources of the library media program to the information needs and interests of the school’s students and staff:
 
Leader
Instructional Partner
Information Specialist
Teacher
Program Administrator
 
As Leader the school librarian works within the realm of the possible to influence the principal and teachers in a school toward a “best practice” vision of a dynamic collaborative library program focused on advancing student learning. As Instructional Partner, the library media specialist works with teachers to develop instructional activities using technology and other information resources to incorporate information skills into the classroom curriculum. As Information Specialist, the library media specialist provides access and assistance in finding and using information. As Teacher, the library media specialist instructs students and others in the use and communication of information and ideas. As Program Administrator, the library media specialist works collaboratively with members of the learning community to define the policies of the library media program and to guide and direct all the activities related to it. 

Contact Information 

For more information about the School Library Media Coordinator Program, contact:

Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell
Director of the School Library Media Program
The School of Information & Library Science
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB#3360, 203 Manning Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Phone: (919) 843-5276
Fax: (919) 962-8071
smhughes@email.unc.edu