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The Curriculum & Instruction Program

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School Library Media Studies Sequence

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Specialization Description

A series of courses to help educators gain licensure as school library media specialists. The content of the coursework addresses the essential competencies required by the State of Vermont. Upon completion of the series, qualified individuals may request transcript analysis by the State Department of Education. Currently, licensure is not automatic.

While the sequence originated with practicing educators in mind, it is by no means aimed exclusively at teachers. For most educators who are already certified, the basic courses in the series will provide competencies leading to licensure. For those who are not currently certified educators, additional competencies will be required, which may be obtained through related coursework. A conversation with Judy Kaplan, the coordinator of the sequence, will help determine the extent of those requirements for each individual. For those who need to gain particular competencies, individual courses may be taken. For licensed school library media specialists, courses in the sequence may serve as an important resource for professional development or recertification credits.

Requisite Skills

Skills such as use of the internet, email, word processing, and knowledge of basic software are necessary. The courses are delivered in a hybrid format that includes face-to-face sessions on campus or at videoconferencing sites across the state, and an online course management system for content and collaboration. Students can receive support from the Continuing Education office in using the Blackboard on-line course format throughout the series of courses.

Program of Study

The courses are offered in a two year cycle, one per semester. While they may be taken in any order, EDLI 272, Managing School Library Media Centers, provides an introduction to the unique responsibilities for Library Media Specialists in an educational setting. The ensuing courses expand on the theory and practice of those responsibilities in more detail.

Fall 2015

EDLI 272: Managing School Library Media Centers

This course examines the fundamental principles and issues of school librarianship, such as intellectual freedom, equity, and access. Students prepare for organizing and operating a school library media center with emphasis on the development of policies and procedures, budget preparation, facility design, personnel administration, and public relations with school and community. Students explore the library media specialist’s role in facilitating development of written, spoken, visual, and other forms of literacy.

Spring 2016

EDLI 273: Developing & Organizing School Library Media Center Collections

To develop a balanced collection that reflects curriculum and individual students’ needs, students explore collection policy development, evaluation, selection, and acquisition of print and non-print materials including books, periodicals, audiovisuals, digital media, and other instructional materials for physical and virtual libraries. Participants study the methods used to organize library media center collections, including sources of bibliographic information and MARC records, standard cataloging practices, Sears subject headings, and the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Summer 2016

EDLI 277: Information Technologies for School Library Media Centers

This course focuses attention on the diverse aspects of using, working with, and planning for the integration of technology applications and systems in modern school libraries. The course is focused on four themes: becoming a competent and confident user of technology; working in the technology-rich school library; knowing the technology students will encounter; and understanding and supporting learning with technology. Topics in these themes include digital media applications and authoring, modern productivity suites, ethics in the digital world, equipment maintenance and repair, and models of technology integration.

Fall 2016

EDLI 276: Information Sources & Services for School Library Media Centers

Participants learn techniques to help students and teachers find information using print, electronic, and other information sources. They also practice evaluating and selecting a full range of reference tools for a core collection in elementary and secondary school libraries. Coursework includes considering theoretical aspects of reference work and developing reference interview skills. Providing information assistance through a variety of media, including blogs, wikis, and podcasts is also discussed.  Providing information assistance through a variety of media, including blogs, wikis, and podcasts that support personalized and collaborative learning is another focus of this course.

Spring 2017

EDLI 274: Designing Instruction for School Library Media Centers

This course focuses on integrating the library media program with the curriculum and the educational philosophy of the school.  Coursework emphasizes frameworks for instructional design, and addresses information literacy and other current educational standards.  Various models for inquiry based research process are examined.  Participants consider learning styles, classroom management, and assessment techniques that support the role of instructor and co-teacher in student centered learning.

Summer 2016
Summer 2017

EDLI 200: Children’s & Young Adult Literature for School Library Media Specialists

This course is designed as a survey of the context and literary merit of children's and young adult literature, that is, books written for and read by readers from ages 5-17. Emphasis is on literature that is both interesting and of literary merit, as well as diverse in its genre, characters, cultures represented, and reading levels. Literature in today's world appears in many formats that provide a wide appeal for youth. The class considers two strands--reading and teaching. The three main areas include literacy development, reader's advisory, and promoting "books" and other formats of reading with children and young adults.

Application Information

There is no application process for the sequence. You simply need to register for a course when it is offered. Courses have enrollment limits, so we encourage you to enroll early. You should possess a bachelor’s degree to enroll in courses offered in the sequence. You should also obtain preliminary evaluation of your educational and professional background from the Vermont Agency of Education Licensing Office, 802-479-1700 or through the website  Early transcript analysis is encouraged so you can identify which required competencies you need to acquire.

Integration with C & I Program

Courses in the Library Media strand can be applied to the 30-credit Master of Education Curriculum & Instruction Program.  Students who wish to pursue this option should declare their intent early in their studies so they can receive proper advising.

Questions specific to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Program can be directed to Alan Tinkler, Program Coordinator.  In addition, students interested in applying to the M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Program must apply for acceptance into the program through the Graduate College website

Questions regarding the library media sequence can be directed to Judy Kaplan at 802-233-0880 or

Contact Information

Judy Kaplan, M.A.
Program Coordinator School Library Media Studies Sequence
C&I Program Support
School Library Media Studies CDE Information Continuing and Distance Education
802-656-2085 or 800-639-3210

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