Make a difference in the lives of students and the entire learning community by fostering literacy and a lifelong love of learning.

The School of Information Studies (SOIS) School Library Media Program is one of our most popular career pathways. Graduates become educational leaders in their schools, districts, states and beyond. One of the great advantages of our program is the access you will gain to a vast network of Dominican alumnae/i throughout the profession. After all, we have been educating professional school librarians since 1930. School Library Media Program flyer (pdf) 

Library Information Specialist Licensure and/or Endorsement

Students in the School Library Media Program complement their coursework with clinical practice in school settings. You’ll have a chance to put what you’re learning in class into practice immediately in one of the schools in our vast network of clinical practice settings. Those with an existing Professional Educator License (PEL) can complete the necessary coursework to earn the PK–12 Library Information Specialist endorsement. SOIS also collaborates with Dominican's School of Education to offer a Technology Specialist Endorsement.

Based on the national guidelines of the American Association of School Librarians, the Illinois content-area standards for library information specialist, the Common Core State Standards, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Dominican School of Education’s conceptual framework of scholarship, leadership and service, our program develops highly qualified school librarians who play powerful roles in their schools and communities.

Areas covered include:

  • General principles of librarianship with particular focus on service to children and youth.
  • Information literacy and instructional technology.
  • Integration with the school curriculum.
  • Program administration, assessment, and advocacy.
  • Leadership and strategic communication.

Graduates acquire a firm understanding of the roles of the school librarian and the library media program within the school context and the extended school learning community, and become educational leaders in their schools, districts, and library systems.

Distinctively Dominican

What is the difference between the learning experience in this program and that in other school library media programs?

  • First, Dominican is strong in children's literature and services to children and young adults. The Butler Children's Literature Center, a collaborative partnership among SOIS, the School of Education, and the Rebecca Crown Library offer opportunities to learn first-hand about literature for children and young adults.
  • Second, the Dominican University network at the local, regional, state and national levels enables an extensive base of knowledge and expertise for our students' benefit. The program is designed, managed and taught by nationally recognized leaders in the field. Adjunct faculty come to us from school districts that support state-of-the-art instructional technology; these districts also offer high-quality, beneficial clinical practice placements.
  • Third, we strive to create a teaching and learning environment that embraces the university motto of Caritas et Veritas, compassionate service and the pursuit of truth, in the hope that our graduates will spread that spirit in the institutions where the
Career Options

This approved entitlement program prepares you for service at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Completion qualifies you for an Illinois Professional Educator License with Library Information Specialist Endorsement PK–12. View the progress packet. Our graduates find work in varied roles and educational settings across the state of Illinois, such as:

  • Library Media Specialist, Greenwood Elementary School, Woodstock
  • Teacher Librarian, Brook Forest Elementary School, Oak Brook
  • Library Director, Glen Crest Middle School, Glen Ellyn
  • Information Literacy Specialist, Park View School, Morton Grove
  • Librarian, Neuqua Valley High School, Elgin

For more information about the School Library Media Program or to apply, please request information or contact us at (708) 524-6855 or

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