School Library Media Licensure

About the Program

Do you want to become a licensed school library media specialist?

Get started today in a program designed especially for classroom teachers seeking school library media licensure. It’s available from the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM).

This is an exciting time to be a school library media specialist. Never before has there been so much research and statistics to help advocates make the case for school libraries and fully licensed school librarians at every stage of youth development and education. It is clear that students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library media programs.

If you have a valid teaching license in Kansas, you earn the Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree while you prepare for school library media licensure. SLIM’s courses are taught by highly experienced professors and practitioners, providing the education you will need to guide 21st century learners and to manage a networked, school library media center. You will complete the program knowing how to motivate preK-12 students for lifelong learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies. You will become a member of a large community of highly qualified and successful Emporia State University school librarians.

Advantages of the SLIM program:

  • It is accredited by American Library Association and approved by the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • The teacher education unit is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • You can complete coursework in less than three years or “fast track” it in two years.
  • You can select from a combination of weekend and internet-based courses.
  • Courses are offered during spring, summer, and fall semesters in Emporia and Overland Park, KS.
  • The curricular focus is on models for teaching information literacy skills, children and young adult literature and programming, library media collection and center management, and research skills for program evaluation and creating new knowledge about teaching and learning.
  • Specialized licensure and career advising is available.
  • You will practice your skills during a supervised field experience.
  • Technology support and instruction are provided.
  • Scholarships are available.

Additional Information and Forms

Checklist for School Library Practicum
Kansas School Library Media Requirements
School Library Media Licensure Plan Form
Teacher's College Conceptual Framework Kansas School Library Media Specialist Standards (2015)
Crosswalks between old KS SLM Standards (2007), and new KS SLM Standards (2015)



To learn more about School Library Media Licensure program, contact Andrew Smith or call toll-free at 1-800-552-4770.

To learn more about Kansas teacher licensure requirements, contact
Shannon Hall, Licensure Officer at The Teachers College at or 1-620-341-5412.

Application Instructions

Summer Institute Banner

June 10-11, 2015, doors open daily at 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (lunch and break drinks/food included both days)
Visser Hall, Room 118, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas
Campus Map

2015 Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians Registration Form
You may register only OR register and enroll for 1 graduate credit hour.

In honor of the 20th annual Institute, SLIM will award 20 free registrations ($130/each) to eligible students (in good standing) enrolled in LI755, 1 credit hour. First come, first served.
To enroll for graduate credit, LI755XI, Summer Institute for School Library Media Specialists, see registration form)

Conference Theme: Transforming School Library Services to Children and Youth

We all recognize that our role as a school librarian is critical to student success. For the past 20 years, school librarians, as well as other educators and public librarians, have looked to the Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians (KSISL) to provide innovative materials and instructional strategies that effectively and efficiently catapult them into a new school year.

This summer, 2015, will be no exception. We will learn, socialize, and celebrate 20 years of collaboration and sharing responsibilities for transforming school library services to children and youth to meet new standards and high educational expectations. Don’t miss this opportunity to gear up and join in the fun and 20th celebration. More general information will be added to this website as it is available. Also, for more information, please contact Dr. Mirah Dow or Dr. Jackie Lakin

Special Guests

Beth Patin will bring excitement and energy to the 20th celebration as she shares her passion for children and youth services. Beth’s personal experience as a school librarian when her school was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina inspired her to transform her own thinking and teaching about equity of information, building cultural competencies from multicultural literature for youth, and the roles libraries and librarians can play in disasters. It is a special pleasure to hear Beth speak about the transformation process and to interact with her as we will have many opportunities to do. Her enthusiasm for children and youth is contagious!

Beth is a 1999 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a B.S. in Education. She taught in New Orleans Public Schools prior to earning the master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. She was named by the American Library Association a 2007 Emerging Leader. Beth is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington’s Information School, and a member of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries advisory board. Read more about Beth at

Candace Fleming knows what it means to celebrate and honor achievement - - she, too, will lead us in celebration of KSISL’s 20th year! Afterall, Candace awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since.

Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; and the beloved Boxes for Katje. A full-day with Candace at the 2015 KSISL including book signing is something you won’t want to miss! Read more about Candace at

* KSISL is co-sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education; the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University; the State Library of Kansas; the Kansas Association of School Librarians; and Northeast Kansas Library System.

This is an official KSDE event.

2015 Institute Resources

2014 Institute Resources