Master of Library Science, School Library Media Specialist

 School Library Media Specialist

This course of study is designed for students who are not certified teachers who wish to pursue initial NYS teacher certification in the area of Library Media Specialist (LMS). Graduates who successfully complete program requirements as well as other NYS requirements noted below will qualify to teach in NYS K-12 public school libraries.

The LMS Program emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills needed to teach information literacy to the K-12 school community, to foster collaborative partnerships with the school's faculty and administration, to motivate and guide students in these settings in the use of information and materials, and to evaluate and select materials that promote and support the information needs of this specialized clientele. Library Media Specialists serve the needs of students and parents for informational, educational, and recreational materials as well as the needs of teachers, administrators and other personnel seeking information and materials related to their professional responsibilities.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants to this program will need to first be admitted to GSLIS via the standard application procedure. Upon acceptance to GSLIS, students will be interviewed by the LMS Program Coordinator who will review their prior transcripts to ascertain whether applicants have the Core Liberal Arts and Science background required by NYSED for teachers. NYSED specifies exactly what type of coursework is acceptable for each of these areas at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ Office of Teaching Initiatives. Applicants lacking any part of this requirement will need to complete this coursework at an accredited institution of higher education before acceptance to this program. As of 2016, the GRE is also required.
 
Core Liberal Arts and Science - 30 credits:
  • Artistic Expression 
  • Communication 
  • Information Retrieval 
  • Humanities 
  • Language Other Than English 
  • Written Analysis and Expression 
  • History and Social Sciences 
  • Scientific Processes 
  • Mathematical Processes 
In addition, applicants will be required to present a satisfactory onsite writing sample evaluated by the LMS Program Coordinator.
All of these requirements must be fulfilled before students can be accepted to Program 606.

Course of Study: 

Required courses in Education:
  • EECE 702 Social Foundations of Education Or SEYS 705 School and Community Or Equivalent 
  • EECE 711 Ecological Perspectives on Development: The Childhood Years Or SEYS 710 The Psychology of Adolescence Or Equivalent 
  • ECPSE 700 Foundations of Special Education Or Equivalent (20 hours field work) 

GSLIS required core courses: 

  • LBSCI 700 The Technology of Information 
  • LBSCI 701 Fundamentals of Library and Information Science 
  • LBSCI 702 Information Sources and Service: General 
  • LBSCI 703 Introduction to Organization of Information
  • LBSCI 709 Research in Library and Information Studies (After completion of 21 credits) (or 791 Indep. Study if qualified)

GSLIS required LMS courses: 

  • LBSCI 737 Literature for Children and Adolescents 
  • LBSCI 761 Organization and Management: School Library Media Centers (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 701 
  • LBSCI 764 Instructional Technologies for K-12 Information Literacy) (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 703 
  • LBSCI 765 Resources for the School Curriculum (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 703 
  • LBSCI 767 Reading Motivation Techniques for Children & Adolescents (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 737 or 739 
  • LBSCI 795 Internship (20 days elementary, 20 days secondary supervised by a NYS certified LMS) (After completion of 21 credits)

One elective LBSCI course

Total: 45 credits

Pre registration advisement is required for all students every term before registration until the completion of 18 LBSCI credits. LMS students can only be advised by the LMS Coordinator.

Required Field Experience and Internship (Student Teaching Practicum)

Successful completion of this program requires 100 hours of field observation and 40 full days of internship experience to be completed as per NYSED requirements for registered LMS programs and as specified below during functioning school hours. Students must be able to arrange their personal and professional schedules to comply with these requirements.

Applying for Teacher Certification

Following completion of all requirements for graduation, Queens College - through its Office of Teacher Certification (718-997-5547) - will, if the student wishes, forward the student's institutional material to the NYS Department of Education.

Applicants for LMS teacher certification in NYS must satisfy all NYS teacher certification testing, workshops and other requirements stipulated by NYSED in to receive their teacher certification from New York State. NYS required workshops can be taken at Queens College through the Office of Continuing Education, Kiely Hall, Room 111, 718-997-5700. Information regarding NYS testing requirements for certification can be found at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp#Required Prof. Arlene Laverde, 
Graduate Advisor for Library Media Specialist & Coordinator of Library Media Specialist Programs, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College

All questions regarding the LMS program should be directed to:
Prof. Arlene Laverde
Graduate Advisor for Library Media Specialist & Coordinator of Library Media Specialist Programs
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Queens College

 School Library Media Specialist for Certified Teachers

This course of study is designed for students who are already certified teachers in New York State (NYS) who wish to pursue additional NYS teacher certification in the area of Library Media Specialist (LMS). Graduates who successfully complete sequence requirements as well as other NYS requirements noted below will qualify to teach in NYS K-12 public school libraries.

The LMS Program emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills needed to teach information literacy to the K-12 school community, to foster collaborative partnerships with the school's faculty and administration, to motivate and guide students in these settings in the use of information and materials, and to evaluate and select materials that promote and support the information needs of this specialized clientele. Library Media Specialists serve the needs of students and parents for informational, educational, and recreational materials as well as the needs of teachers, administrators and other personnel seeking information and materials related to their professional responsibilities.

Admission Requirements: 

In addition to the requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, students who choose this program must possess New York State teacher certification. As of 2016, the GRE is also required.

Course of Study:

GSLIS required courses: 
  • LBSCI 700 The Technology of Information 
  • LBSCI 701 Fundamentals of Library and Information Science 
  • LBSCI 702 Information Sources and Service: General 
  • LBSCI 703 Introduction to Organization of Information
  • LBSCI 709 Research in Library and Information Studies (After completion of 21 credits) (or 791 Indep. Study if qualified)

LMS sequence required courses: 

  • LBSCI 737 Literature for Children and Adolescents 
  • LBSCI 761 Organization and Management: School Library Media Centers (25 hrs field work) prereq/coreq: 700/706, 701 
  • LBSCI 764 Instructional Technologies for K-12 Information Literacy) (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 703 
  • LBSCI 765 Resources for the School Curriculum (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 703 
  • LBSCI 767 Reading Motivation Techniques for Children & Adolescents (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 737 or 739 
  • LBSCI 795 Internship (150 hours divided between elementary and secondary schools) (After completion of 21 credits) 

One elective LBSCI course

Total:36 credits

Pre registration advisement is required for all students every term before registration until the completion of 18 credits. LMS students can only be advised by the LMS Coordinator.

Required Field Experience and Internship (Student Teaching Practicum)
Successful completion of this program requires 100 hours of field observation and 150 hours of internship experience as per NYSED requirements for registered LMS programs and to be completed as specified below during functioning school hours. Students must be able to arrange their personal and professional schedules to comply with these requirements.

Applying for Teacher Certification
Following completion of all requirements for graduation, Queens College - through its Office of Teacher Certification (718-997-5547) - will, if the student wishes, forward the student's institutional material to the NYS Department of Education.

Applicants for LMS teacher certification in NYS must satisfy all NYS teacher certification testing, workshops and other requirements stipulated by NYSED in to receive their teacher certification from New York State. NYS required workshops can be taken at Queens College through the Office of Continuing Education, Kiely Hall, Room 111, 718-997-5700. Information regarding NYS testing requirements for certification can be found at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp#Required

All questions regarding the LMS program should be directed to:
Prof. Arlene Laverde
Graduate Advisor for Library Media Specialist & Coordinator of Library Media Specialist Programs
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Queens College

 School Library Media Specialist Advanced Certificate

This course of study is designed for students who have completed a Masters Degree in Library [and Information] Studies [Science] at an American Library Association accredited library program who are not certified teachers in New York State (NYS) and who wish to pursue initial NYS teacher certification in the area of Library Media Specialist (LMS). Students who successfully complete certificate requirements as well as other NYS requirements noted below will qualify to teach in NYS K-12 public school libraries.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants to this program will need to first be admitted to GSLIS via the standard application procedure. Upon acceptance to GSLIS, students will need to produce documentation of their completion of a Masters Degree in Library [and Information] Studies [Science] at an American Library Association accredited library program. They will be interviewed by the LMS Program Coordinator who will review their prior transcripts to ascertain whether applicants have the Core Liberal Arts and Science background required by NYSED for teachers. NYSED specifies exactly what type of coursework is acceptable for each of these areas at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ Office of Teaching Initiatives. Applicants lacking any part of this requirement will need to complete this coursework at an accredited institution of higher education before acceptance to the Advanced Certificate Program in LMS. As of 2016, the GRE is also required.

New York State Core Liberal Arts and Science - 30 credits:
  • Artistic Expression 
  • Communication 
  • Information Retrieval 
  • Humanities 
  • Language Other Than English 
  • Written Analysis and Expression 
  • History and Social Sciences 
  • Scientific Processes 
  • Mathematical Processes 

In addition, applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory onsite writing sample evaluated by the LMS Program Coordinator.

All of these requirements must be fulfilled before students can be accepted to the Advanced Certificate Program in LMS.

Course of Study:

Required courses in Education:

  • EECE 702 Social Foundations of Education Or SEYS 705 School and Community Or Equivalent 
  • EECE 711 Ecological Perspectives on Development: The Childhood Years Or SEYS 710 The Psychology of Adolescence Or Equivalent 
  • ECPSE 700: Foundations of Special Education Or Equivalent (20 hours field work)

 GSLIS required LMS courses:

  • LBSCI 737 Literature for Children and Adolescents 
  • LBSCI 761 Organization and Management: School Library Media Centers (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 701 
  • LBSCI 764 Instructional Technologies for K-12 Information Literacy) (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 703 
  • LBSCI 765 Resources for the School Curriculum (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 703 
  • LBSCI 767 Reading Motivation Techniques for Children & Adolescents (25 hrs field work) prereq: 700/706, 702, 737 or 739 
  • LBSCI 795 Internship (20 days elementary, 20 days secondary supervised by a NYS certified LMS) (After completion of 21 credits)

Total: 27 credits

Required Field Experience and Internship (Student Teaching Practicum)
Successful completion of this program requires 100 hours of field observation and 40 full days of internship experience to be completed as per NYSED requirements for registered LMS programs and as specified below during functioning school hours. Students must be able to arrange their personal and professional schedules to comply with these requirements.

Applying for Teacher Certification
Following completion of all requirements for graduation, Queens College - through its Office of Teacher Certification (718-997-5547) - will, if the student wishes, forward the student's institutional material to the NYS Department of Education.

Applicants for LMS teacher certification in NYS must satisfy all NYS teacher certification testing, workshops and other requirements stipulated by NYSED in to receive their teacher certification from New York State. NYS required workshops can be taken at Queens College through the Office of Continuing Education, Kiely Hall, Room 111, 718-997-5700. Information regarding NYS testing requirements for certification can be found at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp#Required

All questions regarding the LMS program should be directed to:
Prof. Arlene Laverde
Graduate Advisor for Library Media Specialist & Coordinator of Library Media Specialist Programs
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Queens College
Arlene.Laverde@qc.cuny.edu