switch from classroom teacher to school librarian

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  1. stargirl

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    Oct 19, 2009

    I'm just dabbling with the idea, something for the future, possibly. What would be needed to qualify to be a librarian/library teacher in a school? Is there a specific degree needed or just certain classes? Special certification?
    Thanks for any info that anybody may have.
     
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  3. wdwteach

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    It depends on your state. I am switching to a library position next year (hopefully). I had to get a Masters in Library Information Science. Some states offer an endorsement. In some states you just have to pass a test. I am finishing my Masters in December and hope to get a library position for next school year.
     
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    I am currently working on this and halfway through the program. I had to compare each state for an assignment last semester, and some required a master's in it, while others required just passing the Praxis. I think that's insane personally. While I've taught ELA and worked as an interventionist, there is now way I'd be able to run a library by myself just by passing a test and reading some books. With library aids being cut left and right, who would I go to for help? Principals wouldn't even know, should they be expected to.

    Some universities offer a Masters of Education in Library Science or Library Informations Sciences, or something to that effect. The only one in my state (LSU) that offers that is 75 miles away. I will have a Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction with a concentration in Library Science... in a year!

    Unfortunately, there are currently FIVE librarian positions in my district that I could transfer to if I had that degree and certification. Grr....
     
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    I just finished the program and took my praxis test. I am hoping for a library position next year. :)
     

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