K-12 School Library Media Accelerated Program

In the summer of 2019, the School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University will launch an accelerated program in K-12 school library media that will allow licensed teachers to complete almost half of their programs in their first semester and complete their programs in as little as one calendar year. 

Students admitted to the K-12 School Library Media Licensure program (K-12 licensure, 27 credit hours) and the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) with a concentration in K-12 School Library Media (37 credit hours) will have the opportunity to take classes in two 5-week sessions that run May 20 – July 29.  

Those pursuing the K-12 licensure program may earn up to 12 credit hours and those pursuing the MLIS with the concentration in K-12 School Library Media may earn up to 18 credit hours in the summer 2019 term.  

Programs

K-12 Licensure Program (27 credit hours)
Term Course Credit Hours

Summer A 
May 20 – June 21

LIS 60607 – School Library Management 3
  LIS 60630 – Reference Sources and Services for Youth 3
     

Summer B 
June 24 – July 29

LIS 60618 – Information Literacy and Initiatives 3
  LIS 60675 – Youth Literature in the Digital Realm 3
  LIS 60020 – Information Organization 3
     
Fall 
Aug 22 – Dec 8
LIS 60030 – People in the Information Ecology 3
  LIS 60624 – Cataloging for School Libraries 3
     
Spring 
Jan 13 – Apr 28
LIS 60050 – Research and Assessment in Library and Information Science 3
  LIS 60792 – Culminating Experience Practicum in K-12 Libraries 3

 

MLIS with concentration in K-12 School Library Media (37 credit hours)
Term Course Credit Hours
Summer A 
May 20 – June 21                   
LIS 60607 – School Library Management 3
  LIS 60626 – Library Materials and Services to Teens 3
  LIS 60629 – Library Materials and Services for School-Age Children 3
     
Summer B 
June 24 – July 29
LIS 60630 – Reference Sources and Services for Youth 3
  LIS 60618 – Information Literacy and Initiatives 3
  LIS 60675 – Youth Literature in the Digital Realm 3
     
Fall 
Aug 22 – Dec 8
LIS 60020 – Information Organization 3
  LIS 60030 – People in the Information Ecology 3
  LIS 60624 – Cataloging for School Libraries 3
     
Spring 
Jan 13 – Apr 28
LIS 60050 – Research and Assessment in Library and Information Science 3
  Technology elective 3
  LIS 60792 – Culminating Experience Practicum in K-12 Libraries 3
  LIS 60280 – Master’s Portfolio in Library and Information Science 1

 

School librarians typically work with students in a school library or media center. The daily job responsibilities of a school library media specialist tend to reflect the roles of teacher, instructional partner, administrator and information specialist.  School librarians teach information literacy skills, collaborate with teachers on lessons, assist teachers with curriculum resources and integrate technology into the curriculum.

The administrative role involves managing all aspects of the school library, such as developing the collection of library resources and making them available to students and staff. As an information specialist, school librarians instruct others on evaluating and accessing information resources.

The licensure-only option leads to a multi-age licensure in school library media and prepares graduates to work in school libraries only. Adding the M.L.I.S. to the licensure gives you many more options for employment with other types of libraries and information agencies. Coursework includes both library science and instructional technology classes.

Contact Meghan Harper, Ph.D., at sharper1@kent.edu or the School at ischool@kent.edu with additional questions.