Exploring a Career as a School Librarian
If you are interested in working as a school library media specialist (in elementary, middle, or high school libraries), also known as school librarian or teacher-librarian in some states, you have two options for obtaining your professional degree:
- you can pursue a master's degree from a program accredited by ALA, or
you can pursue a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
If you are looking for ways to help finance your education in library science, visit the following page:
Scholarships for ALA-Accredited Master's Programs and ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media programs
See the AASL Web site for more detailed information about degree options in school library media.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your career options, contact the ALA Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR) at 800/545-2433 ext. 4278. You may also contact Lorelle R. Swader at