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Preparation of School Library Media Specialists in the United States

School Library Media Research Volume 7, ISSN 1523-4320


Recruiting and preparing the next generation of school library media specialists (SLMSs) is a growing concern nationwide. School library media preparation programs are critical to meeting the current shortage of SLMSs in the United States. To determine the status of professional preparation programs for SLMSs, surveys were sent to forty-eight American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library education programs and 155 programs that prepare SLMSs but are not accredited by the ALA. Specifics related to the percentages of students and faculty in this specialization, the full- and part-time status of students, and the numbers of students enrolled were addressed in this survey. The survey further sought to determine the status of distance education opportunities, the internship as part of the school-media curriculum, and recruitment efforts of school library media preparation programs, school districts, state departments of education, and professional organizations. (Contains 11 tables.)


Shannon, D. (2004). Preparation of School Library Media Specialists in the United States. School Library Media Research, 7,. Retrieved April 21, 2019 from .

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