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Library Science & Information Services
The Library Science and Information Services program prepares school librarians. Our program is organized around the philosophy that the role of the school librarian is that of a teacher with specialization in PK-12 instructional and information services. School librarians work with students and teachers to facilitate access to information; instruct students and teachers how to acquire, evaluate, create, and use information and the technologies needed for these processes; and introduce children and young adults to literature and other resources to broaden their horizons. As a collaborator, teacher, and leader, the school librarian develops, promotes, and implements a program that engages students as they become effective lifelong users and creators of ideas and information.
Both the Master of Science in Library Science and the Education Specialist satisfy the requirements for Missouri school library media certification. The curriculum has been approved by the American Association of School Librarians (a division of the American Library Association) through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The curriculum is designed with the assumption that active learning is more effective than passive learning and that hands-on and inquiry methodologies are pedagogically sound. Candidates seek information; analyze, compare, and evaluate research findings; critique the literature; and apply their skills and competencies. Communication skills (oral, nonverbal, written, and graphic) are developed to function effectively as a school librarian. Current technology is integrated into courses and candidates learn to use them effectively.
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