The site supervisor provides candidates with a logical sequence of activities to ensure that they understand the various roles played by the library media specialist and the place of the library media program in the school’s instructional program. The possible program components listed below serve as a guide for both student and supervisor in planning the clinical experience.
- The site supervisor confers with the Dominican University coordinator of clinical practice and the candidate to develop a schedule and program of activities for the candidate.
- The site supervisor will orient the candidate to the general functions and goals of the library media program and the rules and regulations that govern the program and its employees, and direct and guide the activities of the candidate during the clinical experience at the school.
- The site supervisor confers with the coordinator and the candidate regarding any concerns about the candidate’s activities.
- The site supervisor participates in the evaluation of the candidate’s performance by completing the Assessment of Clinical Experience Performance and submitting it to the Dominican University coordinator of clinical practice for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Possible Clinical Experience Components
This list is provided so that the site supervisor and the candidate may select those activities that both feel, based on the candidate’s prior experiences and strengths, and the needs of the library media program in the school, will offer the best opportunity for learning and growth in the professional competencies as reflected in the state standards.
Information Access & Delivery
- Catalogue and classify library resources
- Inventory and weed collection
- Circulate library materials and equipment
- Process and arrange (shelve/house) library resources
- Prepare bibliographies, pathfinders, and web resources for instructional units
Teaching and Learning
- Become familiar with the school’s curriculum and the information literacy curriculum
- Collaborate with faculty in the instructional design of a teaching unit
- Provide instruction in the utilization of library resources (information literacy skill)
- Provide information to reference requests by students and teachers
- Assist students and faculty in the production of instructional resources and provide production services to teachers
- Train students and staff in the use of library resources and equipment
- Plan and conduct professional development for teachers, administrators, or library personnel
- Provide reading, listening and viewing guidance; and story hours, book talks, etc.
- Become oriented to the library staff, faculty, student body, school, school district and community
- Assist with ongoing publicity and public relations activities for the library media program
- Attend faculty, curriculum, grade level, department, PTA, etc. meetings
- Review existing library policies and procedures and school policies related to the school library media program
- Schedule use of library facilities, services, and materials
- Select and order library resources
- Identify the present components of the program, e.g., planning, evaluation, budgeting, etc.
- Review the mission statement and both short and long term library media program goals and objectives
- Assess the program in relation to state and national guidelines
- Direct student assistants and volunteers
- Review job descriptions of library personnel
- Review budgeting process for the library media program