School Librarianship as a Career

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Everhart, Nancy. "Filling the Void." School Library Journal, June 1, 2002. Many states are taking steps to remedy the rising shortage of school librarians. Includes a state-by-state job outlook.

Everhart, Nancy. "Looking for a Few Good Librarians." School Library Journal, September 2000. The 2000 school staffing survey that indicates a shortage of school librarians is becoming a national crisis.

Thomas, Margie J. "State of the Nation" School Library Journal, June, 2006. Updated compilation of state-by-state certification requirements for school librarians.


McCook, Kathleen. Opportunities in Library and Information Science Careers. New York: McGraw-Hill Business, 2008. ISBN 9780071545310. Opportunities in Library and Information Science Careers provides you with a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to enter the fields of library and information science.

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Online Resources

AASL's School Librarian Career Information page What does a School Librarian Do?: information for learning about the job.

ALA Office for Diversity Homepage for information about the projects and initiatives of this office.

ALA's Education and Careers page includes links to career development resources.

American Association of School Librarians. Position Statement on Instructional Classification AASL supports the inclusion of certified school librarians as part of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) "Instruction" classification.

50 States' Certification Requirements Maintained by the University of Kentucky College of Education in Lexington.

Guidelines for Choosing a Master's Program in Library & Information Studies To make certain that you are choosing the program that is right for your needs, visit this valuable page.

Librarians Information from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. The American Library Association's website for those interested in exploring librarianship as a career.

SASS/TFS Table Library[[] This table library allows you to locate cross-tabulated data (and associated standard errors) produced as of now from the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Use the Data Regarding search box to locate Library Media Center data. Additional tables will be added as material becomes available. In addition, a summary article for the earlier 1999-2000 study is available (see the link below).

School Librarian Programs: American Library Association policy states that "the master's degree in librarianship from a program accredited by the American Library Association or a master's degree with a specialty in school librarianship from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education" is the appropriate first professional degree for school librarians/school library media specialists (ALA Policy 54.2.2).

Status of Public & Private School Library Media Centers in the United States: 1999-2000 This publication from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the U.S. Department of Education summarizes findings from the public and private School Library Media Center Questionnaires, a component of the 1999–2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Topics addressed in this report are:

  • characteristics of the library media center,
  • staff characteristics,
  • library expenditures,
  • collection holdings, and
  • library policies.

21st Century Librarian Grant program This program supports projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, to conduct research on the library profession, and to support early career research on any area of library and information science by tenure-track, untenured faculty in graduate schools of library and information science. It also supports projects to encourage careers in librarianship, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

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