Educational Resources

Professional Resources

Accredited Graduate Programs in Library Science and School Media Certification

Queens College (accreditation is conditional)
The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS) is accredited by the American Library Association and offers a Master of Library Science degree, School Librarianship Certification, and a Certificate of Post-Master's Studies in Librarianship.
Pratt Institute
The School of Information and Library Science is accredited by the American Library Association and offers M.S. in Library and Information Science with Library Media Specialist Certification.
St. John’s University
The Master’s in Library Science with a concentration in School Media is accredited by the American Library Association and is designed to prepare library professionals to teach, research, analyze, produce, and supervise the teaching/learning process of a school's library media program.

Palmer School of Library and Information Science (accreditation is conditional)
The Master's of Science in Library and Information Science program, accredited by the American Library Association, prepares students for careers in the organization and management of information in all formats and settings in the public and private sectors.

Rutgers School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies
(New Brunswick, New Jersey)
The Library and Information Science program provides professional education for a wide variety of service and management careers in libraries, information agencies, the information industry, and in business, industry, government, research, schools, and similar environments where information is a vital resource.

The program is accredited by the American Library Association.  Rutgers also offers a wide variety of Continuing Education courses including credit and non-credit courses.  Check out the course listings at:
* Professional Development Non-Credit Courses
* Professional Development Credit Courses

Syracuse University
 (Syracuse, New York)
The Syracuse University School of Information Studies offers distance learning opportunities allowing individuals to complete the majority of their program online.  
PLUS-NY: Empowering Voices Scholarship Opportunity: Online Master’s Degree Program for Prospective School Librarians - iSchool at Syracuse University

Mansfield University
Master of Education in School Library and Information Technologies is an exciting new program designed around Information Power, the American Association of School Librarians standards for school librarians.  The program is practical, technological, and completely up-to-date with courses offered entirely online and taught primarily by practicing school library media specialists.

University at Buffalo - The State University of New York (accreditation is conditional) 
NEW online program for Library Media Specialists registered with the New York State Education Department and authorized to recommend students for NYS certification in the Library Media Specialsit, K-12 Initial Certificate.  All courses are delivered online, with an option of substituting up to six semester hours transferred in from other American Library Association accredited programs. Courses are taught by full-time LIS faculty members and highly qualified practitioners working in the field.

Searchable Database of ALA-accredited Programs
Searchable directory of accredited programs in library studies and school library media.  Includes database of distance learning programs throughout the United States and Canada.
To limit your search to only accredited school library media programs, click off the "school library media program" selection box.

Licensing in New York State and New York City
For more information about licensing, contact HR Connect 
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New York State Individual Evaluation Requirements
for Library Media Specialist (all grades)
New York State Public Librarians Certification
Did you know that if you have an M.L.S., you can obtain a public librarian’s certificate for only $5.00?

Licensing Certification Examinations

New York State Teaching Certification Examinations
National Board Certification

175 and 75 Hour Professional Development Requirements by NYSED

Professional Listservs

New York City School Librarians Information Sharing Tool (NYCSLIST)
The focus of NYCSLIST is on issues, concerns, and celebrations of public and non-public school library personnel in the New York City School Library System.

Informed discourse and lively debate advance AASL's mission to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field. The AASL Members Forum (AASLFORUM) -- a discussion list for AASL personal members-only -- affords the opportunity to participate in timely discussions of issues and new developments in school librarianship.

If you want to find a listserv on a specific topic, this is a good place to start.  It makes information available on over 70,000 public lists.  List options include location of lists by country, size, subject and a search capacity. 
This moderated and highly structured listserv features topical discussions of children's books and children's literature.  CCBC allows general posts at the end of one month's discussion and the beginning of a second month's discussions. 
This moderated listserv is hosted by Rutgers University.  There are a little over 1,300 members.  Membership is international and includes librarians, scholars, authors, and many others interested in children's literature. 
Sign up by following the link "Quick Tips for using GNLib-L"
Dedicated to discussion of graphic novels in libraries, the membership consists of librarians with a sprinkling of publishers and authors.  The list has an owner, but is loosely moderated, if at all.  This page also has a link to the archives.  Many of the threads focus on requests for suggestions for graphic novel collections in public and school libraries so the archives can be a resource if you plan to start a graphic novels collection.  

ISS is a list for AASL personal members who are also members of the Independent Schools Section (ISS).  ISS provides a means for discussion of and action on the problems relating to all phases of non-public school librarianship.

LM_NET on the Web is dedicated to school library media specialists worldwide, and to people involved with the school library media field.
Subscribers to METRO-L can receive announcements about METRO programs and services, make important announcements about their own institution's activities, and receive legislative updates and alerts, post problems and share solutions.
NYLINE (New York’s Libraries Information Network)
Join NYLINE for up-to-the-minute information about library developments in New York State, news from the New York Library Association, news from the New York State Library, and networking with your colleagues.

The PUBLIB electronic discussion list is for the discussion of issues relating to public librarianship.

A moderated list with a reasonable volume of e-mail, any topic applying to public service to youth is acceptable. 

SLMS-NYLA Listserv
The School Library Media Specialist - New York Library Association listserv is for the discussion of issues pertaining to New York librarians.

Professional Organizations

American Library Association
American Association of School Librarians

Association for Library Services to Children

International Association of School Librarianship
Metropolitan New York Library Council
New York City School Librarians Association
New York Library Association (NYLA)
School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association
School Library Systems Association of New York State
Young Adult Library Services Association