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Apr. 15, 2016

MS/LIS, CAS, and nondegree students who hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) can now add a Technology Specialist (TS) endorsement to their PEL with GSLIS coursework.

To receive TS endorsement, students must complete twenty-four hours of relevant coursework and earn a passing score on a content area test administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System. GSLIS courses that will count toward TS endorsement include:

  • LIS390CC: Computers and Culture
  • LIS390W1A: Web Technologies and Techniques
  • LIS451: Introduction to Network Information Systems
  • LIS452: Foundations of Information Processing in LIS
  • LIS453: Systems Analysis and Management
  • LIS458: Instruction and Assistance Systems
  • LIS490DB: Introduction to Databases
  • LIS490IL: Informal Learning Spaces and Pedagogies
  • LIS490TE:...
Jul. 3, 2014

GSLIS hosted a series of workshops recently that brought together school librarians from across the state to learn about current topics in K-12 librarianship from experts and from each other.

The Summer Getaway: Professional Development for School Librarians event consisted of four workshops spread across a three-day period, June 23-25, which focused on emerging trends and issues in school librarianship and offered opportunities to gain hands-on experience using the newest technologies. Topics included performance evaluations and student learning objectives; ebooks and ereaders; iPads and apps for K-8 library instruction; and Google apps. The workshops were led by experts in the field, including librarians, media specialists, an assessment consultant from the Illinois State Board of Education, and a technology and classroom instructor.

Since many school librarians serve as the only librarian for several schools or even for an entire district, opportunities for these...

May. 13, 2014

GSLIS will offer a Summer Getaway professional development workshop series for school librarians on June 23-25. Workshops will focus on current topics in the field of school librarianship and will offer opportunities to gain hands-on experience using the newest technologies and to connect with like-minded professionals in the field. Participants can register for one, two, or three days. The cost is $60 per day, with breakfast and lunch included. Each workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at GSLIS, 501 E. Daniel Street, with check-in opening at 8:30 a.m. daily.

Monday, June 23

Danielson, SLOs and You (K-12)
A panel of practitioners will share their recent experiences with developing a performance evaluation for school librarians. How did they approach the process? What were the results? Did they include...

Oct. 17, 2012

GSLIS student Karen Smith-Cox has been invited to attend the 2012 School Library Journal Leadership Summit in Philadelphia on October 26 and 27. This year’s summit, “Advocacy and the E-volution: Creating Stronger Schools Through Stronger Libraries,” will focus on discussions of Common Core State Standards and the role of libraries in fostering and empowering innovation in schools.

School Library Journal invites approximately 200 leaders in education to attend the annual summit, including school librarians, teachers, administrators, and technology professionals from the United States and Canada.

Smith-Cox, who has been a K-12 teacher and librarian in Lovington, Illinois, for twelve years, was nominated to attend this year’s summit for her role as a state leader in libraries.

“The invitation to the summit came as a surprise to me,” Smith-Cox said. “Today administrators are looking at cutting the budget, and the library is a prime target. For too many years...

Aug. 31, 2010
illustration courtesy of artist Elisa Chavarri

Like many other LEEP students, Esme Raji Codell has a family: a husband and a son, aged fifteen. She also has a career as a “professional readiologist” and author. On her blog, Planet Esme, she reviews children's literature and suggests several ways to incorporate books and learning into the classroom and home.

With a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Codell taught in Chicago public schools for five years. For four of those years, she worked as the school librarian and authored the diary and guide for first year teachers, Educating Esme. When No Child Left Behind legislation was passed, it was clear that she would need a degree in library science to stay on in her position.

“I picked Illinois because it’s the best,” said Codell. “The LEEP program allows me realistically to accomplish my degree as an adult learner. I am a student with a family and other professional commitments, but the program...

Dec. 10, 2009

The impact of text messaging on the decline of formal writing among teens has been debated in pedagogical circles ever since cell-phone ownership became an adolescent rite of passage in the mid-2000s. But according to a University of Illinois expert in media literacy, not only are critics who argue that texting is synonymous with literary degradation wrong, they also often overlook the bigger role that texting and its distant cousin, "tweeting," could play in education and research.

Carol L. Tilley, a professor of library and information science at Illinois, says that schools and libraries should consider embracing texting and tweeting as a means of engagement rather than simply outlawing it.

"I think if you're an educator or librarian looking for new ways of to reach out to teens and tweens, then...