The Dominican University School Library Media Program prepares school librarians for service at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Completion of the program entitles students for an Illinois Professional Educator License with a special K-12 endorsement in the concentration area of Library Information Specialist (school librarian).
About Us, School Librarians
What is the difference between a school library media specialist, teacher-librarian, school librarian, and school library information specialist? Why, none! Whatever we are called, our mission is to improve the lives of our students and the entire school community by fostering literacy and lifelong learning. We understand that the mission of school library programs is to ensure that all students are effective users and producers of information and ideas. We know that students learn best when they have professional school librarians who can teach them the information literacy skills they need to be future ready and who can help them develop the joy of reading by putting them in touch with the right material at the right time, whatever the medium.
What is the Dominican Difference?
What is the difference between the learning experience in this program and that in other school library media programs? The difference is the Dominican University network at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels. Nationally recognized leaders design, manage, and teach the program. Adjunct faculty from school districts that support state-of-the-art instructional technology expose students to the most current, relevant practices. Students learn first-hand about the most current literature for children and young adults in the Butler Children’s Literature Center. And students have opportunities each year to travel abroad with library leaders to book festivals in Bologna, Italy and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Because we are in the Chicago metropolitan area, we take advantage of our proximity to the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and top-quality urban and suburban school library programs. We maintain constant contact through a network of generous and supportive alumnae/i in the geographic area and beyond. Truly, the greatest difference is found in the professional relationships that develop among students and alumnae/i both on campus and in clinical practice settings.
Our teaching and learning environment reflects the university motto of Caritas et Veritas, compassionate service and the pursuit of truth, in the hope that our graduates will carry that motto with them to the institutions where they work. As a part of the Illinois educator licensure process, we foster the conceptual framework of scholarship, leadership, and service. The School Library Media Program offers a rigorous program to develop professional educators with dedication to lifelong learning, collaboration, and leadership in educational settings.