Resources & Training for School Library Staff
School Library In-Service Training Day
Friday, October 14th, 2022: 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
The Washington State Library is proud to present our first ever School Library In-Service Training Day presented virtually on Friday, October 14th, 2022 from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.!
With a keynote by Jennifer LaGarde, sessions presented by Meghan Ashburn, Cicely Lewis, Shannon McClintock Miller, and Julia E. Torres, and panels featuring your amazing Washington school library colleagues such as Elizabeth Roberts, TuesD Chambers, and Gavin Downing, there will truly be something for everyone! This professional development opportunity is free, Clock Hours eligible, virtual, and recorded. The live event will take place on Zoom on the statewide teacher in-service day, and the recordings will be available afterwards for anyone who is unable to attend live.
Registration is now open, and you can view the master schedule and further instructions on the Washington State Library’s Niche Academy page. Full program descriptions with learning objectives will be available soon to those who register. All questions can be directed to WSLTraining@sos.wa.gov. We’re excited to see you there!
Supported by funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library Services and Technology Act, through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this professional development opportunity do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Designed for new school library workers, school library workers who haven’t been formally trained, aspiring school library workers, or anyone who would like a refresher in the core knowledge needed to run a successful library program in a school, this self-guided course will take you through four modules: Collection Management, Information Literacy & Digital Citizenship, School Library Programming, and School Library Partnerships. You are welcome to take the entire course, or just pick and choose the modules that will be most helpful for you! Completing all of the modules will give you a total of 16 Clock Hours.
In order to receive Clock Hours for this self-guided online course, you must first register at this link. Before beginning the course, make sure you read the module called “READ FIRST: Course Registration and Clock Hours Info” to make sure you understand the course objectives, NBPTS Library Media standards, and how to receive your Clock Hours. You will also need to create a Niche Academy account, if you have not already done so, and request access to the learning pathway.
We are also in the planning stages of organizing cohorts of folks to go through the material in this course as group, so if that sounds like a more valuable way for you to go through the material, stay tuned for more information! It will be organized in a way that everyone completes the curriculum on their own, and then we’ll get together with a facilitator and discuss the material and talk about how to put it into practice. The cohort will be implemented sometime in the 2022/2023 school year.
Virtual Learning Resources
WA Digital TeachKit is a resource guide developed by teacher librarians to support their fellow educators around WA with guides to various tools used to engage learners in virtual spaces.
Collection Management Policies
Creating and maintaining a robust collection development plan and collection management policy are key components of any school library program. Whether you are revamping an old policy, or creating a new one from scratch, here are some resources to get started.
A big part of building a school library collection is ensuring that the collection meets the needs of library users. This includes teachers as well as students who are using the collection to fulfill curricular needs and will be looking for current and engaging non-fiction as well as online resources. Another role of the school library is to develop a community of readers. Making sure that the library is making resources available that equitably and respectfully represent the experiences of all children and presenting current information.
Evaluating Library Collections
Webinars & Self-Paced Courses
Check out the Washington State Library Training page for more information on upcoming workshops, webinars and the full collection of online training resources including WebJunction and Niche Academy.
School Library Media Certification Programs in Washington State
Antioch University Seattle: Antioch University Seattle’s Library Media Endorsement program is a Washington state-approved, standards-based endorsement that can be added to an existing Washington state or reciprocal state teaching certificate. The program consists of seven graduate courses offered quarterly (10 weeks per course) and can be completed within one academic year and summer or at your own pace. Courses can be taken completely online or with some face-to-face, hybrid options. Coursework blends research and theory with best practices in education and school librarianship while embedding the principles of social justice and leadership throughout the program.
Central Washington University: All the courses needed to complete the requirements to qualify for adding a Library Media endorsement to your teaching certificate are offered completely online. Individuals completing this 26 credit program will have met the minimum initial level of preparation necessary to direct a learning resources (library media) center in a K-12 school.
Eastern Washington University: Through 100 percent online coursework taught by experienced faculty, you will develop enhanced expertise in librarian leadership and administration. Explore key functions of the library media specialist, including technology-embedded instruction, information and resource literacy, as well as media collection management. The rigorous curriculum consists of six library media specialization courses and an internship with a mentor librarian. You will also create a portfolio displaying work integral to being a skilled library media educator.
Seattle Pacific University: As the Washington Library Association’s framework states, school librarians work to improve information and technology literacy campus-wide, promote a culture of avid readers, and provide information and resource management services to students and staff. SPU’s Library Media Endorsement Program is designed to guide and support school librarians as they help their campus thrive. Our program is offered in partnership with Highline College.
University of Washington: This is not a standalone program, but can be completed during the MLIS degree as part of the degree plan.
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).