Lee students

Steps for Requesting a Mentor in Denton ISD

  • Congratulations on making the decision to work on a Master of Library Science degree.  Not only do you have an opportunity to engage with students is a variety of ways, but with the inclusion of both technology and Makerspaces (STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into libraries, every day is a new adventure. 


     Human Resources Steps for Library Practicum:


    Library Practicum Student Teaching Form


    • Once your criminal background check has been returned, the Library Coordinator will contact you with information on your mentor and when you may begin visiting your site.

    • Please contact your mentor to set a good time to make your first visit.  You can coordinate future visits during the first meeting.

    •  The Library Coordinator will make 3 observations during your practicum.   She will work with you to find the best dates for these visits.



    Best Practices for Interns in Denton ISD

    •  For employees, all internship hours must be collected outside of regular contract hours.  This is not a change in policy or procedure.  In the past, interns have taken personal time in order to complete the hours needed for their internships.

    • Setting up internships on neighboring campuses is the best way to ensure that hours are properly collected.  It also give you experience with another practicing librarian and giving you a broader perspective.  All of this is designed to prepare you to be a better candidate when you are interviewing for positions. 

    • Internship Guidelines from the university and/or the state dictate which librarians may serve as mentors.  As much as possible we select sites close to the interns home or campus to help reduce travel time.  However, it isn't always possible to find a mentor who meets the requirements set forth by the state and is in close geographic proximity to the interns home or campus.

    • Because librarians are certified K-12, it is important that during the internship there is an opportunity to work at a level that is different from the level where you teach.  While the work of a librarian, regardless of the level, is focused on the literacy needs of the student, the manner in which that work is accomplished varies widely.  Texas Administrative Code requires you to spend 120-160 hours in your practicum.  We expect you spend half of it in an elementary and the other half in a secondary school.

    • Ethical guidelines now include specific information for Intern Site Supervisors.  We want to ensure that we do not create any situation which would violate these guidelines.

    • We want to support the growth of our staff while we meet the requirements set forth by our governing boards. 


    If you have any questions, please contact Library Services.