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    The State of Texas Educator Standards state to be a school librarian you must:

    • Have taught for 2 years as an Early Childhood-12th grade classroom teacher in a public or accredited private school
    • Complete a state approved Master of Library Science or Information Science program in school librarianship (courses must be no more than 6 years old when an application is made for school librarian certification)*
    • and Receive a passing score on the TExES School Librarian exam administered by the State.

    *If you already have a Master's degree in an education field, you can take your exam once you have completed 24 hours of library science course work.


    Where should I get my Library Certificate? There are several places around the state where you can get your degree.  It depends on your long-term goals.  

    • If you might move to another state, or think you might want to be a public or academic librarian, you will need the full Master of Library Science from an American Library Association Accredited Program.   There are three in Texas, The Texas Woman's University, The University of North Texas, and The University of Texas.  
    •  An American Association of School Librarians accredited program is another great option for those who want school certification only.  There are several in Texas.  Here are two. 

     Denton ISD Prospective Librarian Recording - October 19, 2020

    If you have any questions, please contact the Library Coordinator.  Donna Kearley, dkearley@dentonisd.org, phone: 940-369-0088.



  • What do Elementary Librarians Teach?


    Mystery in the Library


    Library Procedures

    • Book Care
    • Online Safety
    • Library Procedures
    • Checking in and out books

    Library Organization

    • Neighborhoods in the Library (Fiction, Everybody, Nonfiction)
    • Using the Library Catalog
    • Genres and their characteristics
    • Dewey Decimal
    • Finding information with a book
      • Table of Contents
      • Index
      • Text Features
    • Finding Information within a digital source
      • Keywords
      • Advanced Search Skills
      • Websites
      • Databases
    • Evaluating the validity, credibility, and bias of information

    Reading with a Purpose.  This section includes prose, poetry, drama, and media literacy.

    • Vocabulary Development
    • Plot, Setting, Theme
    • Compare/Contrast
    • Myths, Tall Tales, Legends
    • Relationships and Conflicts in stories
    • Summarizing, paraphrasing
    • Author's Purpose
    • Inferencing
    • Cause/Effect
    • Sequential Order
    • Point of View
    • First, Second, and Third Person
    • Using maps, charts, illustrations, graphics, timelines, tables, and diagrams


    • Building background knowledge 
    • Seeking a variety of viewpoints
    • Collaborating with others to broaden and deepen understanding
    • Respecting diverse perspectives
    • Identifying a researchable question
    • Developing a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding
    • Adapt and revise questions as needed
    • Gather information from a variety of sources both print and digital
    • Generate a research plan to collect data
    • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources
    • Record data using available technology
    • Paraphrase v. plagiariasm
    • Revise the major research question if necessary
    • Evaluate validity, credibility, and bais of a source
    • Draw Conclusions
    • Cite sources in a Works Cited page
    • Share with the Learning Community
    • Evaluate the process and the product


  • What do Secondary Librarians Teach?




    Builds a Culture of Reading

    Digital Citizenship

    • Media Balance and Well-Being
    • Privacy and Security
    • Digital Footprint and Identity
    • Relationships and Communication including being safe online
    • Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, and Hate Speech
    • News and Media Literacy


    • Developing a Research Plan
      • Brainstorm and consult with experts
      • Formulate open-ended questions using keywords, observations, ideas, and reflections to generate a range of questions
      • Connect with content (background knowledge)
      • Use a wide range of sources in all formats
      • Generate a research plan for gathering relevant informaiton about a topic
    • Gather Informaiton
      • Recognize the organization and use the specialized sections of the library to find specific and in-depth print information
      • Use many formats to find information such as websites, databses, multi-media, graphics, charts, maps, and diagrams
      • Use the library catalog independently to find materials and browse the shelves
      • Use search strategies as needed to compare information gathered with the research plan focus and purpose
      • Revise and adjust as needed
      • Determine the credibility, validity, and bias of information
      • Use primary and secondary sources
      • Recognize gaps in information
      • Accurately record informaiton using appropriate tools,
      • City sources accurately.
    • Synthesis, Create, Share
      • Modify research questions as needed
      • Evaluate, paraphrase and summarize information that answers the research question
      • Analyze, categorize and organize information from a variety of sources to discover relationships and patterns among ideas using technology and other information tools
      • Combines ideas to develop new understanding 
      • Develops evidence to explain the topics
      • Summarizes main ideas, supporting details, cause/effect, compare/contrast, sequence, fact v. opinion, to discover relationships among ideas related to the research focus and purpose.
      • Creates a product integrating quotations and citations into the finished product, using a variety of technology tools
      • Presents findings in a meaningful, consistent format to an authentic learning community.
      • Evaluate the product and the process.