From their website: “About NCATE: Teaching children—to recognize letters, to read for the first time, to understand how a tree grows—is one of the most important jobs in America. The nation’s future depends, in large part, on how well it is done.NCATE is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher. NCATE was founded in 1954. Five groups were instrumental in the creation of NCATE: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), the National Education Association (NEA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). When NCATE was founded as an independent accrediting body, it replaced AACTE as the agency responsible for accreditation in teacher education. These groups represented the field at large at that time. They recognized the need for a strong, independent, quality assurance mechanism composed of all key stakeholders in education. “
Notice we’ve been accredited since NCATE originated. Our accreditation was renewed February 1, 2013 under the Continuous Improvement Pathway. Notice our SPA is ALA/AASL.
What is ALA? The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. Melvil Dewey, Justin Winsor, C. A. Cutter, Samuel S. Green, James L. Whitney, Fred B. Perkins, and Thomas W. Bicknell founded the Association on October 6, 1876, in Philadelphia. As of July 31, 2009, the ALA had 61,696 members, with members in the United States of America, Canada, and over 115 other countries. Approximately 94% of those members are personal members, with the remaining being organizational or corporate members. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. ALA is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with additional offices in Washington, D.C., and Middletown, Connecticut. We may be contacted by e-mail, phone, fax and mail.
We fall under the division of AASL. We are recognized and approved by AASL. Many librarians and “school library” students are interested in the divisions highlighted in red.
ALA is home to eleven membership divisions each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-function specialization. ALA divisions publish journals, books, newsletters, and other materials; provide continuing education in a variety of venues and formats; offer awards and scholarships; sponsor institutes and conferences; and maintain networks of affiliates, chapters, and other collaborative relationships. ALA has incorporated specialized sections and divisions from its early existence, beginning with the college and reference librarians (1889), the trustees (1890) and catalogers (1900). By policy, each division has a statement of responsibility developed by its members and approved by the ALA Council, a set of goals and objectives to drive its activities, an executive director and other personnel (as necessary), responsibility for generating revenue to carry out its programs, and a separate Board of Directors, elected by the members of the division. Each division is represented on the ALA Council and in the Planning and Budget Assembly. Members of ALA divisions must first be members of the American Library Association. A majority of ALA members belong to one or more division. To learn about the types of membership available, see ALA and Division Membership Information. To explore the division's sites and all they have to offer, use the left navigation.
AASL as a division has been a part of ALA since 1951. Prior to that time, the organization began from an ALA Roundtable of Normal and High School Librarians who formed a School Libraries Section.
This is the credential required for school librarians for employment in Texas schools including the Windham School System of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.This credential may be issued to one who has a Master’s degree. Certification as a School Librarian requires the following: (1) a valid K-12 Texas teacher’s certificate, (2) two years of classroom teaching experience, (3) 21 approved semester hours of approved library science coursework, (4) 3 semester hours of field experience working in a library, and (5) a passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES).
Lib_Sci is an email distribution list for SHSU library science students (past and present). Many members have already graduated and other members are taking classes just like you. This email list allows our SHSU family to ask and answer questions, support each other, and share information about upcoming classes or events.
TLA/ALA student membership ($32)—Faculty agreed to require TLA student membership ($25) by the end of semester. Copy membership card to show instructor. Discount for books come with ALA membership (for example in Dr. Fountain’s course).
After reading this Handbook for School Library Internship, complete the Application for School Library Internship form, attach a photograph, a resume, and a sample letter of application for a librarian position. The application form and attached documents should be word-processed. All documents except your photo may be faxed to Dr. Weimar, or send all documents via email to Dr. Weimar.
A disposition is a behavioral characteristic, either positive or negative, reflecting your potential ability to succeed as a master’s student and ultimately as a school library media specialist. Using the scale below, please rate yourself according to the following desirable behaviors by circling or highlighting the appropriate level: low, needs improvement, or high. For each of the six dispositions provide an explanation and/or documentation.
Eligibility for Services All students who are enrolled in SHSU courses are eligible to use the Library's resources and services upon presentation of a valid SHSU ID card. Remote access to the electronic resources of the Newton Gresham Library is also available to enrolled SHSU students. In addition, NGL's Distance Learning Services provides reference and research assistance, instruction in the use of library resources, and delivery of books, electronic files/documents and photocopies to authenticated distance learners. Valid* users may request books and copies of journal articles and have them mailed or when possible sent electronically. While Distance Learning courses are those that are received or taught off-campus, eligibility for NGL's Distance Learning Services is limited to students who are both enrolled only in SHSU's off-campus courses and who live outside Walker County. Distance Learning Services are not available to students who take one or more courses on the SHSU campus, as well as persons not affiliated with SHSU. * You must apply to become an authenticated Distance Learning Services user; an eligible student must complete an NGL Distance Learning Services application form online.
Electronic Access to Library Resources Newton Gresham Library Website NGL's homepage provide information about library services, hours, and connections to Internet resources, including periodical databases, reference materials and directories. Online Catalog The library catalog, SamCat, allows users to search through the library's holdings. Help is available from within the catalog and a quick start guide providing basic instruction for searching is also available on the library's website. Electronic Databases Access to electronic databases is restricted by the vendors to students, faculty and staff of Sam Houston State University. Affiliation to Sam Houston State University is verified before access to the databases is granted; you will be asked for your computer username and password. To set up a computer account, go to the SamWeb link from the University's homepage (https://ww2.shsu.edu/) and click the "Computer Account Activation link.". The library's electronic databases can be accessed at http://library.shsu.edu/research/databases.
For the electronic portfolio you are expected to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the body of knowledge gained during your courses in the MLS program. You are expected to reflect on your strengths and consider areas where you need to improve in four major areas of school librarianship. How do you expect to continue your professional growth? What are you doing to share the knowledge that you have gained with peers, colleagues, and students? Your portfolio should address both a look back (reflection) at what you have accomplished and a look forward (improvement) to future goals, plans, and aspirations.
SHSU Library Science Graduate Seminar 2015
Sam Houston State University
Department of Library Science
LIB_SCI listserv: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LIB_SCI/info
LSSA Blog: https://sites.google.com/site/lssashsu/lssa-blog
Welcome to a
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best in Texas.
Our hallmark is our personal touch!
Relax and Breathe Easy
• Over the next hour, we will cover a large amount of
• This may seem overwhelming. It is not meant to be a
• You are not expected to remember everything presented
during this hour right now. BUT, you are expected to know it.
That is why you should read over the PDF of this presentation
that will be shared with you under the link to Graduate
Seminar in the LSSL Graduate Student Blackboard
• National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is
the teaching profession’s mechanism to help to establish high
quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation.
• NCATE was founded in 1954.
• NCATE currently accredits 632 colleges of education with nearly
100 more seeking NCATE accreditation.
• Changes are come to the accreditation process. The Council for
the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) will be the new
name for NCATE in the near future.
• With this change, we can expect to focus more on P-12 student
learning in the library. This includes documentation.
Specialized Professional Association
• NCATE lists our SPA as ALA.
• The division of ALA under which we are nationally
reviewed and recognized is AASL.
• For the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation
of School Librarians (2010), go to
More about ALA
Why is this organization so
ALA: What is it?
• What is ALA?
• American Library Association (ALA)
• Oldest and largest library association in the world
• 60,000+ members
• Members in academic, public, school, government,
and special libraries
• School library division: American Association of
School Librarians (AASL)
• ALA is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois
• Additional offices are in Washington, D.C., and
What does ALA do?
• Some of what ALA does:
• Policy analysis, such as copyright and access to
• Public awareness and media relations related to
libraries, library workers, and library issues
• 11 Divisions and 17 round tables focus on specific
types of libraries and library activities
• Standards and Guidelines to improve library service
• Accreditation for graduate programs (we are listed
What is the mission of ALA?
• The mission of the American Library Association is to
provide leadership for the development, promotion and
improvement of library and information services and the
profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning
and ensure access to information for all.
What Are the ALA Divisions?
What Do ALA Divisions Do?
• ALA is home to eleven membership divisions
each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-
• ALA divisions:
• Publish journals, books, newsletters, and
• Provide continuing education in a variety
of venues and formats
• Offer awards and scholarships
• Sponsor institutes and conferences
• Maintain networks of affiliates, chapters,
and other collaborative relationships.
State of Texas
Librarian Certification: Texas
• Required for employment as a librarian in Texas schools
• Issued to one who has a Master’s degree
• Certification as a School Librarian requires the
• Valid K-12 Texas teacher’s certificate
• Two years of classroom teaching experience
• 21 approved semester hours of approved library
• 3 semester hours of field experience working in a
• Passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator
Librarian Certification: Other
• If you are not a resident of Texas and will not
be a school librarian in Texas:
• Check with your state or province to learn about the
requirements for school librarians
• Internship will not be a requirement; research
completed by the graduate student will take the
place of Internship
• For more information, contact Dr. Holly Weimar
(firstname.lastname@example.org and 936-294-1151)
Master of Library Science (MLS):
36-hour Master of Library Science degree
Preparation of school librarians for
MLS: Total Hours 36 Semester Credit
• Core Coursework 33 SCH
• LSSL 5330 Collection Development 3 SCH
• LSSL 5332 Organization of Collections I 3 SCH
• LSSL 5334 Information Services and Resources I 3 SCH
• LSSL 5337 School Library Administration 3 SCH
• LSSL 5360 Literature for Children 3 SCH
• LSSL 5366 Library Internship 3 SCH
• LSSL 5367 Research Design and Methodology 3 SCH
• LSSL 5370 Instructional Design and Library Media Production 3 SCH
• LSSL 5385 Literature for Young Adults 3 SCH
• LSSL 5391 The Internet for School Librarians 3 SCH
• LSSL 5396 Computer Science Applications to Librarianship 3 SCH
• Elective 3 SCH
What are the Electives?
• Electives: Take any ONE course:
• LSSL 5361 – Current Trends in Materials for Children and Young Adults
• Prerequisite: 5360 and 5385
• LSSL 5368 – Library Services and Programs for Children and Young Adults
• LSSL 5375 – Direct Individual Study in Library Science
• LSSL 5376 – Field Research in Library Science
• This involves travel
• Offered only during one of the summer semesters
• LSSL 5380 – Master’s Seminar
• Topics vary by semester and instructor
• Fall semester may involve Jan Paris Bookfest
• LSSL 5393- The Historical Development of Literature for Children
• Prerequisite: 5360
In what order should I take my
• LSSL 5370 – Instructional Design and Library Media Production
• LSSL 5360 – Literature for Children
• LSSL 5330 – Collection Development
• LSSL 5332 – Organization of Collections
• LSSL 5385 – Literature for Young Adults
• LSSL 5334 – Information Services and Resources
• LSSL 5337 – School Library Administration (Prerequisites: 5330, 5332, 5334, 5370)
• LSSL 5391 – The Internet for School Librarians (Prerequisite: 5370)
• LSSL 5396 – Computer Science Applications to Librarianship (Prerequisite: 5370)
• LSSL 5367 – Research Design and Methodology (Prerequisite: 5330, 5332, 5334, 5370)
• LSSL 5366 – Library Internship (Prerequisites: 5330, 5332, 5334, 5337, 5360, 5370, 5385)
** The order of courses can vary as long as prerequisites are honored. **
• Your advisor will guide you through the
program from your very first class and on
through portfolio submission and graduation.
• You should consult Degree Works through My
Sam for your advising prior to registration.
Look in the Notes section for the information.
• The Library Science Graduate Advisors are:
• Ms. Rebecca Lewis, Assistant to the Chair
• email@example.com or 936-294-1151
• Dr. Holly Weimar, Chair
• firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-294-1150
• Dr. Karin Perry, Asst. Chair
• email@example.com or 936-294-4641
• AND professors teaching your current courses
Go to My Sam
In the Students tab, look for DegreeWorks
Support from your Graduate
• Rebecca Lewis, Assistant to the Chair, is generally
the graduate advisor of first contact.
• However, a student worker who answers the
department’s phone may be able to provide you with
the information you need.
• It helps tremendously if you do not wait until the
last minute to register or perform other
• Always provide your Sam ID # when calling or
emailing your advisor. This helps us to locate your
information and respond quickly.
How Do I Access the Library Science
Class Schedule Every Semester?
• Remember you can check course offerings, along
with locations and any meeting dates, at Class
• There are two versions of the schedule, Expanded and
• The Expanded version has more details about the class
such as which cohort group it serves and meetings.
• To get to this, login to MySam from the SHSU main page.
• Click on the Campus Resource tab and you will need to
click on Banner Self-Service.
• Click on student and then the schedule of classes
• You will then select the desired term-find Library Science
for School Librarians and then do a class search.
• There you will find a listing of all of our classes.
SHSU Additionally Mandates:
• TExES Practice Test (For Texas Certification)
• Required before taking real TExES
• Must be completed by the end of your Internship
• Offered each semester
• Dates to be announced on LIB_SCI Yahoo group & posted at
LSSL Graduate Student Organization Blackboard Course
• Electronic Portfolio (For MLS only)
• Culminating project during last semester
• Not a course
• You must be enrolled in your final coursework when
• You must apply for Portfolio – similar to applying for
graduation the same semester!
SHSU Dept. of Library Science
Library Science Department
What Does It Mean to Be a Grad
1. You should be a self-directed learner. Ask
questions. Seek additional information on your
2. You should be a scholar and a professional
in all manner of communication.
• It is expected that graduate candidates be active
(engage with all course materials), enthusiastic, and
collegial participants during the semester.
3. You should network with your colleagues
and peers. Your classmates can not only
help you with questions about coursework,
they are excellent resources for other
information including job opportunities.
4. You should maintain your academic and
professional integrity. Make sure work you
turn in is your best effort and is original
• In each course, original work is expected.
5. You should make informed decisions based
upon your academic and professional
• National: ALA/AASL
• State: e.g., TLA/TASL
6. You should always plan ahead. Do not wait
until the last minute to complete work.
• It is expected that course work is completed in a
timely and professional manner on the schedule
• LS Policy: Late work is not accepted.
7. You should accept responsibility for your
progress in the program. Do not make
excuses; you will earn respect from your
professors is you take full responsibility for
8. You should stay in contact with your
professors and with the department and
college as needed. This includes checking
your SHSU and LIB_SCI email frequently.
9. You should follow all the policies and
procedures and expectations from the
course, the department, the college, and
the university. These policies are in the
course syllabi you receive from your
10. You should be
proud of your
Expectations of Your Professors
• Timely responses to your questions
• Frequent communication
• Grading with feedback
• When emailing, it is important to provide
specific information with each email:
• Identify self: Who are you?
• Include Sam ID: Who are you in our systems?
• Check your SHSU Email EVERYDAY!
• Free via Yahoo Groups
• This is an email distribution list for SHSU library science
students (past and present)
• It allows our SHSU family to:
• Ask and answer questions
• Support each other
• Share information about upcoming classes or
• Be sure to keep up with all notifications and postings via
Steps to Join Lib_Sci
• You must first REGISTER with Yahoo Groups before you can join.
• Go to http://www.yahoogroups.com
• Click on Register if you are new, or Sign In if you already have a Yahoo account.
• If you presently have Yahoo mail, you already have an account and just use that same
• Once you have registered, choose the group you want to join.
• From the Yahoo home page, you may "Search" Yahoo and enter "LIB_SCI."(Please note that there
is an underscore between the LIB and the SCI.)
• You will be asked for your full name and a brief message as to why you want to join the
• USE THIS SENTENCE: "My name is _________, and I am a Library Science student at SHSU."
• You will receive a notification message from LIB_SCI.
• Read notification e-mail carefully and save.
• You must wait until you get the notification before you can post a message.
• The Notification message will tell you how to Post & Unsubscribe. SAVE THIS
LSSL Graduate Student Organization
Course in Blackboard
• In Blackboard on your home
page, you have a list of
organizations to which you
have been enrolled. One of
the organizations is LSSL
• The LSSL Graduate Students
information related to the
program and librarianship.
Go here to look for updated
sources that contain
certification, portfolio, and
• State Library Association Student Membership
• For Texas:
• TLA required ($25) by the end of the first semester
• Consider joint membership in TLA/ALA
($35 – student membership joint price)
• For other states:
• Check with your state library association for qualifications for
• Share this information with you LSSL 5370 instructor.
• Copy membership card to show LSSL 5370 instructor and for Portfolio
• Discount for books come with ALA membership, as well as other benefits,
such as professional journals.
• Handbook for School Library Internship
• Application for School Library Internship
• Preapproval Dr. Weimar, Internship Coordinator, based on 5
1. Application for Internship
3. Letter of job application to a school or school district for a librarian
4. Digital photograph of yourself
5. Application by supervising librarian
• 130-hour internship experience
• Successful completion of Practice Test offered by the Library
Science Department for TExES Certification Testing
Internship requirements - continued
• 130-hour internship – journal documentation
• After 100 hours an onsite visit by supervising
• Collaborative Lesson plan
• Pretest & Post-test assessments of student learning
• Evaluated by:
• Supervising librarian
• Collaborating teacher
• Self-reflection by you
What is Tk20? Do I have to have a
• Apply for
• Approximately $100 --
one time fee
• Directions given
When will I need Tk20?
• LSSL 5370 & 5366 - submit Dispositions and Diversity
Proficiencies (DDP) before the end of the semester.
• In future classes, other assignments will be required to
be submitted to Tk20.
• Helpful information is located on the TK20 website:
What are the Dispositions and Diversity
Proficiencies Standards (DDPS)?
• Two times throughout your career as an MLS
student, you will evaluate yourself based
upon a written scenario you describe of
yourself working in an educational setting.
• We hope to see growth from the time you
begin the MLS program in LSSL 5370 and the
time you complete your internship in LSSL
Re: Graduate coursework
Information that You Should
Newton Gresham Library
• Remote access to the electronic resources of the Newton
Gresham Library is available to enrolled SHSU students.
• Reference and research assistance
• Instruction in the use of library resources
• Delivery of books, electronic files/documents and
photocopies to authenticated distance learners.
• Valid* users may request books and copies of journal
articles and have them mailed or when possible sent
• You must apply to become an authenticated Distance
Learning Services user at http://library.shsu.edu/
How Do I Get Electronic Access
to Library Resources?
• Newton Gresham Library Website
• NGL's homepage provides information about library services,
hours, connections to Internet resources, including periodical
databases, reference materials and directories.
• Online Catalog
• SamCat, allows users to search through the library's holdings
• Electronic Databases
• You will be asked for your computer username and password.
• To set up a computer account, go to the SamWeb link from
the University's homepage
https://ww2.shsu.edu/legacy/Activation and follow the
These are constantly updated, but the basic
ideas stay the same
• Electronic Portfolio
• Compose a reflective portfolio backed up with artifacts to show
what you have learned and accomplished, and project what you
will you do in the future.
• Here is the current website: LSSL Portfolio Suggestions,
• Access key is: Portfolio Key
• For how-to videos on setting up your LiveBinder, go to
the LSSL Graduate Students organization course in
Begin Your Portfolio Now!
• Set up folders to save your coursework on your computer or flash
drive devoted to your portfolio. Consider purchasing a backup
service (like Carbonite), using Dropbox, or backing up through your
laptop itself (Dell BackUp, etc.).
• You will be required to set up a Live Binder for yourself in LSSL
• Begin adding coursework where appropriate to your Live Binder as
your work through the program. You will update your portfolio
during your final semester to create a more professional
representation of your current knowledge. You will also want to fill
in any holes that need to be filled at that time.
• As you gain new skills and knowledge in your MLS classes and
discover that you are using them in your classroom or library, save
evidence and artifacts that you have created for your work.
• Your Portfolio LiveBinder will be set up according to the
ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School
• There are five standards with four elements each.
• In the LSSL Graduate Students organization course in
Blackboard, you will find how-to videos for setting up
Standard 1: Teaching for
• 1.1 Knowledge of Learners and Learning
• 1.2 Effective and Knowledgeable Teacher
• 1.3 Instructional Partner
• 1.4 Integration of Twenty-first Century Skills and Learning
Standard 2: Literacy and
• 2.1 Literature
• 2.2 Reading Promotion
• 2.3 Respect for Diversity
• 2.4 Literacy Strategies
Standard 3: Information and
• 3.1 Efficient and Ethical Information Seeking-behavior
• 3.2 Access to Information
• 3.3 Information Technology
• 3.4 Research and Knowledge Creation
Standard 4: Advocacy and
• 4.1 Networking with the Library Community
• 4.2 Professional Development
• 4.3 Leadership
• 4.4 Advocacy
Standard 5: Program
Management and Administration
• 5.1 Collections
• 5.2 Professional Ethics
• 5.3 Personnel, Funding, and Facilities
• 5.4 Strategic Planning and Assessment
Library Science & the
• For those who are working towards a master’s,
you should know that in your final semester
you must complete:
• Registration for:
• Graduation AND
• Successful completion of your Electronic Portfolio
• You will not be eligible to graduate unless you
complete these requirements!
Congratulations on making
a wise choice
for your future as a librarian.
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Applied Science at Columbia University. (2014).
Industrial engineering and operations research.
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