Position Statement on Preparation of School Librarians

School librarians have a broad undergraduate education with a liberal arts background and hold a masters degree or equivalent from a program that combines academic and professional preparation in library and information science, education, management, media, communications theory, and technology. The academic program of study includes some directed field experience in a library program, coordinated by a faculty member in cooperation with an experienced school librarian. School librarians meet state certification requirements for both the school librarian and professional educator classifications. While there may be many practicing school librarians who have only an undergraduate degree and whose job performance is outstanding, the masters degree is considered the entry-level degree for the profession.

The graduate degree is earned at colleges and universities whose programs are recognized by appropriate bodies such as the American Library Association (ALA), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), or state education agencies.

Revised 09/01/2010