Library and Media Specialist
The Certificate in Library and Media Specialist prepares educational teachers, leaders, and resource specialists to facilitate and advocate for equitable access of digital and print resources and information for all students. Aligning to the current standards for school librarianship by the American Library Association and the American Association for School Librarians, this certificate will support the development of essential competencies toward managing library and information services in a Pre K – 12 environment. Credits earned in this program may be applied toward the Maine 071 Library/Media Specialist Certificate.
The objectives for the Certificate in Library and Media Specialist draw from the framework as outlined in the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians.
- Participants will become effective educators with knowledge of learners and learning in the digital age including instruction, assessment, and curriculum development
- Participants will demonstrate efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior in print and digital environments and be able to teach this behavior to students
- Participants will apply theories of Library Information Science to the School Library context including the realms of teaching, management, and leadership
- Strategically plan, facilitate and advocate for flexible, open access to library resources and services according to the ethical codes of the profession
- Be ethical, forward-thinking leaders in the field of education generally and in school libraries specifically