Library and Information Science Master’s Degree

School Media Concentration

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Turn K-12 students into lifelong learners.

School librarians teach literacy to children, collaborate with teachers, and give students a safe space to go.  They master a broad range of multimedia in order to help people use information both effectively and efficiently, and most importantly — their work can impact a child for life.

If you’re committed to teaching literacy (digital and traditional) in K-12 schools, then our specialized graduate program in school media is for you.

We take a uniquely tech-driven and human-centered approach to understanding information in the context of social media and “fake news,” data protection and privacy, and how it’s used and shared in an educational setting.

Tailored to New York State Department of Education requirements and combined with 100 hours of fieldwork, our program prepares graduates to take certification exams and support students, educators, and school administrators alike.

Our LIS: School Media degree program is 36 credits, and is typically completed within 2 years. The program prepares you for a career as a school librarian and incorporates preparation for New York Department of Education certification into the curriculum. Although our LIS: School Media curriculum has no electives, our curriculum gives you a balanced and rigorous school media education.

The 36 credits are distributed as follows:

  • 3 credits in Introductory Courses
  • 9 credits in Information Resources Courses
  • 6 credits in Management and Policy Courses
  • 15 credits in Required Coursework
  • 100 hours of Fieldwork
  • 3 credit School Media Practicum
  • Additional School Media Requirements

View Curriculum in Course Catalog

By the time you complete the LIS: School Media program, you will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:

Standard 1: Teaching for Learning

  • Knowledge of learners and learning
  • Effective and knowledgeable teacher
  • Instructional partner
  • Integration of modern skills and learning standards

Standard 2: Literacy and Reading

  • Literature
  • Reading promotion
  • Respect for diversity
  • Literacy strategies

Standard 3: Information and Knowledge

  • Efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior
  • Access to information
  • Information technology
  • Research and knowledge creation

Standard 4: Advocacy and Leadership

  • Networking with the library community
  • Professional development
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy

Standard 5: Program Management and Administration

  • Collections
  • Professional Ethics
  • Personnel, Funding, and Facilities
  • Strategic Planning and Assessment

Within the LIS program, you can choose a focus area to further specialize your skill set for your future career.

Academic Librarianship

Prepare to work with students, professors, scholars, researchers, and the public.

Data Librarianship

Facilitate the management, maintenance, and preservation of information, locating data for business or academic use, using statistical methods to understand what stories a dataset tells, or organize data for later retrieval.

Historical Materials

Curate, preserve, and present historic and archival collections to the public, and work to digitize collections.

Instructional Librarianship

Prepare to teach patrons how to be information literate, how to use the newest technologies, and more.


Hone your leadership skills to better connect with coworkers and patrons. You’ll learn the basics of budgeting, staffing, organizational culture, planning and assessment, marketing, and project management.

Public Librarianship

Learn about organizing, budgeting, and marketing programs for all ages, managing interlibrary loan programs, and troubleshooting library technologies.

Public Service Librarianship

Learn to assess the needs of a community and provide the appropriate programming, and perform outreach, research, reference, and reader’s advisory services to meet the information needs of patrons.

School Media

School media librarians focus on promoting digital literacy and technology skills within K-12 Schools.

Special Librarianship

Explore preservation, conservation, and the digitization of special collections.

Technical Service Librarianship

Make collections accessible and convenient to use, catalog and classify new materials, preserve older items, maintain a library’s online catalog, and troubleshoot a library’s learning technologies.

Youth Services Librarianship

STEM learning initiatives, the proliferation of the makerspace movement, and the widespread use of emerging technologies from a young age prove that the role and responsibilities of children’s and young adult librarians go beyond recommending a good read. Networking and marketing are important facets of a Youth Services Librarian’s job, as well as building relationships with parents, caregivers, and teachers in the local community.

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Delve deeper, explore farther.

In addition to getting practical, on-the-job experience, you’ll have opportunities to join a research lab or collaborate with faculty on their academic work, exploring  the role of libraries in furthering information literacy and social justice.