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Resources for library science students interested in school librarianship from Linda Swarlis and Susan Yutzey.
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School Librarianship as a Career

Below are resources about school librarianship...from job descriptions, to job posting information, to the differences that exist state to state.

Brian Yap, "Mahratta House and Garden Open Day," September 14, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.


Cataloging Resources

Lucy Loomis, "Card Catalog" January 26, 2010 via Flickr,Creative Commons Attribution

  • MARC Standards

    The MARC formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic
    and related information in machine-readable form.
  • Dewey Browser
  • Library of Congress Authorities
    Using Library of Congress Authorities, you can browse and view authority headings for Subject, Name, Title and Name/Title combinations; and download authority records in MARC format for use in a local library system. This service is offered free of charge.

Independent School Librarianship

Independent schools come in many forms including coeducational, single-sex, boarding, and day schools. In some situations you might be required to live on campus as in a boarding school faculty member and staff the library during some evening hours, or you may work in a day school that does not require you to live on campus. Schools come in a variety of types, religious (Quaker, Episcopalian), Nondenominational, Waldorf, progressive, traditional.

 Dimitris Papazimouris, "Loni's World" January 5, 2007 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.


International School Opportunties

International opportunities for school librarians exist in many countries. Below are some links that will allow you to connect with some of those opportunities. There are often regional job fairs in the United States. You will need to check the websites to find out the dates and locations of the job fairs.

OzinOH, "Reader" June 25, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.


Keeping Up -- Staying Current

Staying current as a school librarian is important. You need to keep track of curricular changes within your school, as well as curricular changes at the state and national level. You need to keep up with current fiction, nonfiction, and digital resources in all forms.  Staying current with technology can be challenging also but vital in today's increasingly digital world. Here are some of the websites that might help you stay up to date....

  Steve Jurvelson, "Step into Liquid" January 12, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.


  • ASCD
    ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit's diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world.

    The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
    The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research.
  • Center for Women and Information Technology
    Non-profit community of more than 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing
  • Common Core Standards
    The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers
  • Edublog Awards
    The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of social media.

    Edublogs site is a resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.
  • Edudemic
    The goal of Edudemic is to connect teachers, administrators, students, and just about everyone else with the best technology on the planet
  • edutopia
    K-12 educational innovation
  • Free Technology for Teachers
    The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.
  • Good Reads
    Meet your next favorite book
  • INFOhio
    Library Resources for students and professional development for librarians and teachers. INFOhio, a virtual K-12 library, transforms teaching and learning by connecting educational resources with the power of information technology.
  • Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE)
    ILILE was established to provide local, regional and national leadership in fostering successful collaboration among K-12 teachers and school library media specialists who are concerned with advancing library and information literacy in the PK-12 school curriculum.
  • Joyce Valenza's Neverending Search
    Joyce's blog for School Library Journal
  • Joyce Valenza's New Virtual Library on LibGuides
  • Joyce Valenza's Virtual Library
  • Learn Now
    Applies research to the real world applications
  • Learning Commons
    Demonstrations of Virtual Learning Commons.
  • Life in the Renaissance Blog
    Thoughts on Education, Technology and Cognition...a blog by Chris Bigenho. Chris has a Ph.D. in Educational Computing and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas
  • LM-NET
    LM_NET is the original discussion group open to school library media specialists worldwide, and to people involved with the school library media field. LM_NET provides an excellent way to network with other school library professionals, connect to new ideas in school library practice, seek advice, and ask library related questions. Consult LM_NET peers for relevant ongoing library on-the-job mentorship!
  • Mashable
    Social Media, Technology, Entertainment, Business, Lifestyle, United States and the World
  • Media Literacy Clearinghouse: Resources for K-12 Educators
    MLC's mission is to assist K-12 educators who want to:
    - teach standards that include non-print, media texts
    - learn more about media literacy
    - integrate it into classroom instruction
    - help students read the media
    - help students become more media aware
    - locate appropriate resources
    The Ohio Educational Library Media Association is Ohio's preeminent professional association for highly effective school librarians and libraries.

    The mission of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association is to meet the needs of Ohio’s learners
  • PALM Center: Partnerships Advancing Library Media
    The Partnerships Advancing Library Media (PALM) Center is a joint effort of LSI and two Florida State colleges, the College of Communication and Information and the College of Education. The center offers an array of services to support school librarians and other educators throughout the U.S. and internationally to improve their districts and schools.
  • Paradigm Shift
    Blog by Shabbi Luthra, IT Director of the American School of Bombay. One of her newest topics of interest is superstructing.
  • Pew Research Center
    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis, and takes no advocacy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • Powerful Learning Practice
    Offers coached and instructor-led professional development for teachers.
  • Research at the American School of Bombay
    The Research Team studies, prototypes (when required), designs, and develops new teaching and learning environments for the 21st century
  • Science Alert
    Science research news, Opinions, and includes Science jobs
  • Selection Tools
    Choosing resources to be a part of the collection is a vital part of the job of a school librarian.
  • Stop the Worldwide War on Girls
    Our mission is to increase awareness of the global war on girls, to forge partnerships with organizations that support this mission--and ultimately, to stop the assault on the daughters of the world.
  • Ted Talks
    Ideas worth spreading
  • The Unquiet Librarian
    Blog of Buffy Hamilton, former school librarian currently working for Cleveland Public Library
  • YALSA: Young Adult Library Services Association
    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

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