School Library Education

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Both ALA and other organizations have web sites that are helpful to Educators of School Librarians.

ALA/AASL Accreditation Standards This is ALA's web page on accreditation standards, policies, and procedures for school library education master's degree programs.


Association for Library and Information Science Education ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America.


IASL School Library Education SIG The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) has a Special Interest Group for educators of school librarians. Membership is worldwide and includes professors and instructors in universities and colleges where there are programmes for school librarians, and students who are undertaking such programmes.


IFLA Education and Training Section This group within the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions focuses on education and training for library and information science professionals based on research and professional practice. It serves library and information science educators, practitioners and managers with training responsibilities.


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating certified teachers into educational reform efforts.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education NCATE is the teaching profession’s mechanism to help to establish high quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators.

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).


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