Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship

About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship (CSLIB) is available to certified teachers who desire add-on certification in School Librarianship from the Louisiana State Department of Education.  LSU has not determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the other states. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you contact the applicable credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact Dr. Suzanne Stauffer to assist you in your career planning.

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This is an entirely asynchronous online certificate.

Student Profile

This certificate program is for certified teachers in Louisiana who are seeking add-on certification in school librarianship. Certified librarians develop collections that meet the curricular needs of the school, collaborate with teachers in integrating literature into their lesson plans, and assist students with finding reading materials that are interesting and age-appropriate. 

Course Requirements

Students are required to take six courses (18 hours) in areas such as Information Resources, School Library Management, Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, and Literature and Services for Children and Teens. Specific course work is determined by which area of emphasis students choose. 

Category 1

Elementary and/or Secondary School Library Materials: Nine hours

  • LIS 7002 Information Resources (core course)

Two courses selected from:

  • LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children
  • LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens
  • LIS 4104 Collection Development of Non-Fiction
  • LIS 4105 Collection Development of Graphic Novels
  • LIS 7800 The Art & Practice of Storytelling
  • LIS 7808 Special Topics in LIS (when appropriate)

Category 2

Organization, Administration, and Interpretation of Elementary and/or Secondary School Library Service: Six hours

  • LIS 7400 School Library Management (core course)

And either:

  • LIS 7010 Organization of Information (recommended; core course) OR
  • LIS 7608 Introduction to Cataloging and Classification (core course)

Category 3

Elementary and/or Secondary School Library Practice: Three hours

  • LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science 

Students who will be applying for add-on certification in Louisiana must take LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science OR substitute three years or more of successful experience as a school librarian.

Students who will have three years or more of successful experience as a school librarian by the time they complete the Graduate Certificate may substitute an additional course from either Category 1 or Category 2 for the Internship in order to earn the required 18 hours.

Students who will not be applying for add-on certification in Louisiana and dual degree students may substitute an additional course from either Category 1 or Category 2 for the Internship in order to earn the required 18 hours.

Admission

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission listed for the Master’s of Library & Information Science Program. Students should apply through the LSU Graduate School.

Tuition and Fees

The CSLIB is offered in an entirely asynchronous online format. The certificate is classified as a traditional, on-campus program, not an LSU Online program.  It is listed under on-campus programs, not LSU online programs. Tuition and fees are those charged for on-campus programs, not LSU Online programs. Tuition and fee information can be found at Tuition and Fees. All non-residents of Louisiana will be charged the non-resident fee.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

CSLIB students are eligible for the scholarships and financial aid opportunities described at SLIS Awards and Scholarships.

Dual Degree

MLIS students may also earn the Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship by submitting the Request for Dual Degree. All certificate courses will apply to the MLIS degree. MLIS students should substitute an additional elective from Category 1 or 2 for the Category 3 internship.

Contact

Dr. Suzanne Stauffer

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