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Student Opportunities

Scholarships & Awards

Verna Mae Barr Scholarship

This scholarship is given in honor of the late Verna Mae Barr, Class of 1932. The purpose of the scholarship is to attract and retain a deserving student(s) from only the Virginia counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Scott, Tazewell, Washington, or Wise. The student(s) shall meet all of the criteria for admission to Longwood University. First preference shall be given to a Longwood University junior or senior who intends to obtain a Master of Education in School Librarianship.

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships such as the Dickinson Award and the Rutherford Memorial Award available through the Virginia  Association of School Librarians. More information about these awards can be found at the VAASL Web site.

 

Professional Portfolio

All students in the Master of Education in School Librarianship degree program and those in the Professional Endorsement program complete The Professional Portfolio, SLIB 691, as the culminating experience and exit requirement for the program. Students are scaffolded by their advisor throughout the program regarding professional portfolio requirements.  During their final semester of enrollment, students are required to develop and present a professional portfolio which documents their mastery of program standards and highlights their growth throughout the program.  Grading is Pass/Not Pass.  A student who earns a Not Pass is allowed to retake SLIB 691 once.  Should the student earn a second Not Pass, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program.

 

Clinical Experience: Graduate Degree

Track 1:  Students in Track 1, the Licensed Teacher Track, enroll in SLIB 690, Clinical Experience in School Libraries. Placements are coordinated by the program coordinator for the school library graduate program.  Students enrolled in SLIB 690 complete a minimum of 150 clock hours in a school library setting supervised by Longwood program faculty.   Two credits are required, and continuous enrollment is required until completion.  Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour.  Grading is Pass/Satisfactory Progress/Not Pass, and a maximum of two credits is counted toward total required credit hours.

Track 2:  Students in Track 2, the Initial Licensure Track, enroll in SLIB 689, Supervised Experience in School Libraries.  Prior to enrollment in SLIB 689, students must meet Virginia Department of Education professional studies requirements by completing the following Longwood University courses or their equivalents:  EDUC245, EDUC521, or COUN507; EDUC487 or EDUC550; EDUC506 or undergraduate equivalent; EDUC430 or EDUC530. Longwood University’s Office of Professional Services, housed in the College of Education and Human Services, coordinates placements in school divisions with which Longwood has a Memorandum of Understanding.  An application for the Supervised Experience in School Libraries must be completed and filed with the Office of Professional Services by the required date, September 1 (one year before a planned fall supervised experience semester) or February 1 (one year before a planned spring supervised experience semester).  Visit the Office of Professional Services website for complete information on admission to teacher preparation and the supervised experience semester. Students enrolled in SLIB 689 complete a minimum of 300 clock hours in a school library supervised by Longwood program faculty - 100 hours each in elementary, middle, and high school settings.  Supervisory fee - $300.00; 5 credit hours.  Regular grading policy.

 

Clinical Experience: Professional Endorsement

Students in the Professional Endorsement program enroll in SLIB 690, Clinical Experience in School Libraries. Placements are coordinated by the program coordinator for the school library graduate program.  Students enrolled in SLIB 690 complete a minimum of 150 clock hours in a school library setting supervised by Longwood program faculty.   Two credits are required, and continuous enrollment is required until completion.  Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. Grading is Pass/Satisfactory Progress/Not Pass, and a maximum of two credits is counted toward total required credit hours.

 

Student Organizations

While there are no student organizations for students in the school librarianship program, students are encouraged to join state and national professional organizations in the school library field.

 

Professional Organizations

American Association of School Librarians

 http://www.ala.org/aasl/

The mission of the American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

American Library Association

http://www.ala.org

The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Virginia Association of School Librarians

http://www.vaasl.org

The mission of the Virginia Association of School Librarians is to be the recognized voice for excellence in Virginia's school libraries. VAASL's aim is to promote literacy, information access and evaluation, love of literature, effective use of technology, collaboration in the teaching/learning process, intellectual freedom, professional growth, instructional leadership, and lifelong learning.

Virginia Library Association

http://www.vla.org

The Virginia Library Association is a statewide organization whose purpose is to develop, promote, and improve library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to advance literacy and learning and to ensure access to information in the Commonwealth of Virginia.