Apply by October 1 to pursue a rewarding career in school librarianship

Tiffanie Bui
Tiffanie Bui

School librarians are at the forefront of transformative learning and education for youth. The School Librarian Licensure program at the iSchool welcomes those who want to contribute to student academic success and create a culture of innovation in education. Applications to the program are due October 1.

Tiffanie Bui (MS '11) became a school librarian because she loved school libraries when she was growing up and wanted to provide children with the same safe and welcoming spaces that she had enjoyed. According to Bui, the best part of her job as librarian for Leal Elementary School in Urbana is that every day is different and there is always something new to learn.

"I do everything from teach digital citizenship lessons to interactive read alouds to helping organize districtwide events, like Battle of the Books, to facilitating lunchtime book clubs," she said. "Most importantly, I work hard to create a space where everyone feels like they can ask questions, seek answers, and simply enjoy being present."

Bui's advice to those considering a career in school librarianship focuses on the rewards. "You will work very hard and stay busy, but if you know why you chose to go into school librarianship—and you're able to maintain that sense of purpose and self—it will be one of the most rewarding jobs you can have and fun, so fun!"

The School Librarian Licensure program does not require background in education, and admittance to the full licensure program is not required for licensed educators. Interested applicants should contact Ann Ohms, school librarian program coordinator, at ischool-k-12@illinois.edu or set up an advising appointment.

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