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School Library Media

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The school library media (SLM) program is selected by students who wish to work with young people in school libraries of public and private K-12 institutions. Catholic University’s teacher education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and SLM program is recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) and state approved by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Those who have completed Catholic University’s SLM program are eligible for a license/endorsement in DC and - through a reciprocity agreement - in 44 other states and jurisdictions including Virginia and Maryland.

Besides face-to-face and blended courses, LIS offers an Online & Weekend Learning (OWL) Program for the SLM course of study. Students in this program attend class one Saturday a month. All other instruction is delivered online. For more information, please visit our website: CUA LIS is launching a coBeginning Fall of 2018,

The Catholic University Library and Information Science program offers a variety of courses that focus on school library media services. Each student is required to take the four required core courses along with appropriate mid-level and advanced courses.

Note that very specific requirements must be fulfilled in order to receive the state-issued certificate, which is required to work in public school libraries. Because of this, it is vitally important that students pursuing this program of study stay in close contact with the SLM advisor, Dr. Sung Un Kim ( to ensure that their course work will fulfill state requirements.

Required core courses for all students are:

  • LSC 551 Organization of Information
  • LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555 Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
  • LSC 557 The Information Professions in Society

Students interested in receiving the school library certification are required to take the following electives:

  • LSC 606: Cataloging and Classification (fall only)
  • LSC 641 (replaces 603): Collection Development and Management (summer only)
  • LSC 731: Media Integration in the Curriculum (fall only)
  • LSC 752: Design and Production of Multimedia (summer only)
  • LSC 848: Media for Children (summer only)
  • LSC 849: Media for Young Adults (summer only)
  • LSC 872 (formerly 835): Administration of School Library Media Programs (spring only)
  • LSC 695B: School Library Media Practicum
    • The school library media practicum provides a unique opportunity for students interested in a career in K-12 librarianship to gain professional experience in a school library. For more information about this specialized practicum please visit the School Library Media Practicum site.

All course credits are three (3) credits. Total minimum required credits for graduation is 36 credits (12 courses).  Teaching experience may waive the SLM practicum and courses from a previous Master can count for similar required SLM courses.  In that case, the SLM requirements can be met with 33 or 30 credits.  Students need to consult with the SLM advisor to confirm their study plan.

School Library Media course of study checklist (.docx)

School Library Media flyer (.pdf)

Organizations of interest to students in School Library Media Services
Professional associations are important sources of information about the profession, continuing education opportunities, scholarship support, and networking. Most have student membership rates.

International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
Catholic Library Association
DC Association of School Librarians (DCASL)
Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL)
Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL)
Maryland Society for Educational Technology(MSET)

 Dr. Sung Un Kim is the faculty advisor for SLM.

Page updated January 2018

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