Virginia's Standards of Quality require that every school in Virginia with a student enrollment of 300 or greater have a full-time certified school librarian. Have you had difficulty recently filling open school librarian positions? Do you anticipate having openings within the next few years and no ready pool of qualified candidates?
If there is sufficient interest, Longwood University will offer its School Librarianship graduate program on-site at the New College Institute in Martinsville beginning in Fall 2017. Courses are taught by full-time Longwood faculty in hybrid format, meeting one to five Saturdays across the semester with the remainder of work for the course completed online. Longwood's program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education and Nationally Recognized by the American Association of School Librarians.
Here's a short video in which one of our alumni describes our program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An-MIwbMbU0&t=11s The video is a few years old, and our program name has changed from a "School Library Media" to a "School Librarianship," but what she shares is still relevant today.
Longwood will offer a Master of Education in School Librarianship (36 credits) or a Professional Endorsement option (27 credits). Please feel free to share this information with teachers in your schools and to encourage anyone with questions to contact Dr. Audrey Church for more information (contact info below).
If individuals are interested in participating in the cohort, please ask them to complete the Google form linked here by Friday, March 24: https://goo.gl/forms/tbDWGm5aieX1iu3E3
Audrey P. Church, Ph.D.
Professor and Coordinator, School Librarianship
President, American Association of School Librarians, 2016-2017
Author, Tapping into the Skills of 21st-Century School Librarians, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
Department of Education and Special Education