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Library Science

All library science students must submit a portfolio before completing their program of study and being recommended for licensure. Use the rubric and checklist to be sure that your portfolio meets the library program requirements and AASL standards.

Nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians/the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the school librarianship program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia is designed to provide professional education for prospective school librarians in grades K-12 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in the Darden College of Education, Department of Teaching & Learning, the program integrates theory and practice to prepare school librarians.

Students considering a Library Science program should schedule an appointment with Dr. Carol Doll, the program director, by email: cdoll@odu.edu, or phone: 757-683-3284.

Within the program are the following options for individuals who want to become endorsed as a school librarian, K-12:


An individual who has a valid teaching license in the Commonwealth of Virginia may add an endorsement as a school librarian, grades k-12. There is a core of courses (25 credits) plus a prerequisite in children's literature.

Students in this program are admitted to the university as non-degree seeking. In addition, they must apply to the post-baccalaureate endorsement-only program in library science. Regular admission requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the baccalaureate degree program. In some instances, provisional admission may be available.

An individual who has a valid teaching license in the Commonwealth of Virginia may obtain a master's degree and add an endorsement as a school librarian, grades k-12. The library core of courses are used in either the Elementary/Middle or the Secondary Education Master of Science in Education degree program. In the Master of Science degree program, a student takes at least 34 credits, including the 25 credit emphasis area in library science, 3 credits of prerequisites or electives, and a 6 credit research core.

Students in this program are admitted to the university as graduate students by completing the university graduate admission form and submitting scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test along with transcripts of all college work. On the application, students should indicate whether they want master's degree in elementary education (library science) or secondary education (library science). In both programs the library science courses are exactly the same and result in an endorsement K-12. The only difference is the wording on the degree.

An Individual who is not licensed as a teacher and wants to become a school librarian may obtain a license as a school librarian k-12 plus a master's degree. Students in this program must complete a core of professional education courses before taking the courses for the school library license. The licensure student completes a 6 credit semester-long student teaching experience in a school library. This program is a minimum of 55 graduate credits.

Students in this program are admitted to the university as graduate students by completing the university graduate admission form and submitting scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test along with transcripts of all college work. In addition, students must submit passing Praxis I scores or equivalent as outlined by the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Classes Offered

In order to meet VDOE requirements for endorsement as a school librarian, students are expected to complete all eight (8) of the library science classes. Some students will also need to complete the children's literature course, which is prerequisite to LIBS 678.

The following Library Science classes are offered according to the following schedule. All classes are online, except for some sections of LIBS 642 Children's Literature.

LIBS 602. Production of Instructional Materials. 3 credits.
LIBS 605. Selection and Utilization of Non-Book Media. 3credits.
LIBS 642. Children's Literature Across the Curriculum. 3 credits.
LIBS 669. Practicum in School Libraries. 3 - 6 credits.
LIBS 675. Administration, Management, and Evaluation of Libraries. 3 credits. To be taken first.
LIBS 676. Library Media Services and the Curriculum. 3 credits.
LIBS 677. Technical Services in Libraries. 3 credits.
LIBS 678. Selection, Evaluation and Utilization of Materials NK-12. 4 credits. Prequisite: LIBS 642
LIBS 679. Theory and Management of Reference and Information Retrieval. 3 credits.

TLED 586. Student Teaching for Special Endorsement.** 3 credits.

For master's students:

FOUN 612. Research Methods in Education. 3 credits.
TLED 636. Problems in Education. 3 credits. Prerequisite: FOUN 612.

Fall

Spring

Summer

LIBS 642

LIBS 642

LIBS 642

LIBS 675

LIBS 675

LIBS 602

LIBS 677

LIBS 605

LIBS 678

LIBS 679

LIBS 676

FOUN 612

FOUN 612

TLED 636

LIBS 669

LIBS 669

TLED 586**

**To be taken after the completion of all required professional education and library science courses.