Whether 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
“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).
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