The Dominican University School Library Media Program prepares school librarians for service at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. Completion of the approved entitlement program qualifies students to apply for an Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement (K-12) in the concentration area of Library Information Specialist.

About the School Library Media Program.

What is the difference between school library media specialists, teacher-librarians, school librarians and school library information specialists? None. Whatever we are called, our mission is to make a difference in the lives of our students and the entire school community by fostering literacy and lifelong learning. At Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) our graduates are skillfully prepared to work in elementary, middle and secondary school library media centers.

We have an equally strong commitment to the importance of both literature and instructional technology in effective school library media programs. We understand that the essential mission of successful school library media programs is to ensure that all students are effective users of information and ideas from a variety of resources.

We know that improved student learning depends upon professional school library media specialists who dwell comfortably in the dual disciplines of library science and education. Helping to develop the joy of reading depends upon professional school library media specialists who are familiar with children’s and young adult literature and can put a student in touch with the right book at the right time.

About the School Library Media Program’s Use of Social Media.

Dominican University’s School Library Media Program uses social media as a hub for school library media specialists, administrators and educators seeking news and emerging digital resources. We’re focused on sharing new, exciting developments in the fields of education and library science as well as shedding light on the political and economic issues that affect our present and future colleagues in the field. Social media is an invaluable tool that allows us to engage with and learn from the community we serve while we adhere to Dominican’s mission statement to “participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.”

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 and national levels. The program is designed, managed and taught by nationally recognized leaders in the field. Adjunct faculty come to us from school districts that support state-of-the-art instructional technology. Additionally, students can learn first-hand about literature for children and young adults in the Butler Children’s Literature Center.

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 media 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.

We strive to create a teaching and learning environment that embraces the university motto of Caritas et Veritas, compassionate service and the pursuit of truth in the hope that our graduates will spread that spirit in the institutions in which they work.

As a part of the state educator licensure process, we foster the conceptual framework of scholarship, leadership and service. A core value of the graduate school is an understanding of and appreciation for intellectual freedom. The School Library Media Program imbues its students with the dedication to developing lifelong learners through collaboration and leadership in educational settings.

Learn more about admission and program completion requirements, come visit us at our main campus in River Forest, IL and/or contact us at slmp@dom.edu or (708) 524-6855.