School Library Media Specialist

Assess and meet needs of students and faculty for information.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do School Library Media Specialists do?

Assesses and meets needs of students and faculty for information, and develops programs to stimulate students’ interests in reading and use of types of resources: Selects and organizes books, films, tapes, records, and other materials and equipment. Suggests appropriate books to students for classroom assignments and personal readings. Plans and carries out program of instruction in use by school library media center. Prepares and administers budget for media center. Confers with faculty to provide materials for classroom instruction. Confers with parents, faculty, public librarians, and community organizations to develop programs to enrich students’ communications skills. Reviews records to compile lists of overdue materials and notifies borrowers to arrange for their return.

Should I be a School Library Media Specialist?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Elementary Library Media Specialist, High School Library Media Specialist, Media Center Director, School See More

    How to Become a
    School Library Media Specialist

    Most School Library Media Specialists have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aabj9a&chl=||associate%27s+%282%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2813%25%29|master%27s+%2884%25%29|doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,84
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