Allison Rothman knew something needed to be done about the local middle school’s use of e-readers. There was no continuity with choice of device or downloading service, and school librarians were venturing into uncharted territory with little guidance and few standards. Being both a teacher in a city school and a student at the SJSU School of Information meant that Rothman had immediate access to the resources she needed to make something dynamic happen for her students.
The iSchool’s Teacher Librarianship program enables graduate students to get both an MLIS and their California teacher librarian services credential by following the specific career pathway. Other career pathways allow for a lot of freedom in choosing coursework to achieve a MLIS, but the Teacher Librarianship program requires students to take very specific courses.