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  Feb 18, 2018


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Department Information

Dean: John Eye
Sherratt Library 302C ~ (435) 865-8392

Department Chair: Vik Brown
Sherratt Library 303A ~ (435) 586-7952

Library Media Program Director: Verlene Schafer
Sherratt Library 303C ~ (435) 865-8031

Dean’s/Department Administrative Assistant: Sheri Butler
Sherratt Library 303K ~ (435) 586-7947

Professors: John Eye, Matt Nickerson,
Associate Professors:
Vik Brown, Richard Eissinger, Scott Lanning, Janet Seegmiller;
Assistant Professors:
Steven Irving, Philip Roché, Verlene Schafer


Degrees Offered


Master of Education Degree with School Library Media Endorsement (M.Ed.) 
Library/Media Minor 


Undergraduate Library/Media K-12 Endorsement 
Graduate Library/Media K-12 Endorsement 

Overview of Department/Program

The Library Media Department at SUU offers all the coursework necessary for the Library Media minor and the Utah Library Media Endorsement (both undergraduate and graduate).

The Library Media Endorsement Program provides:

  • Completely online coursework with a focus on 21st century skills
  • Opportunities for practical experience
  • Knowledgeable and diversely experienced faculty
  • Instruction based on AASL Standards for Library Media Programs
  • Individual attention


To ensure that every student in the library media program acquires a mastery of professional competencies upon completion of degree/endorsement.

Department/Program Learning Outcomes

NCATE 2003 ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians

Students completing the LM Endorsement Program will be able to demonstrate proficiency in each of the following standards.

  • Standard 1: Use of Information and Ideas: School library media candidates encourage reading and lifelong learning by stimulating interests and fostering competencies in the effective use of ideas and information. They apply a variety of strategies to ensure access to resources and information in a variety of formats to all members of the learning community. Candidates promote efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior as part of the school library media program and its services.
  • Standard 2: Teaching and Learning: School library media candidates model and promote collaborative planning with classroom teachers in order to teach concepts and skills of information processes integrated with classroom content. They partner with other education professionals to develop and deliver an integrated information skills curriculum. Candidates design and implement instruction that engages the student’s interests, passions, and needs which drive their learning.
  • Standard 3: Collaboration and Leadership: School library media candidates provide leadership and establish connections with the greater library and education community to create school library media programs that focus on students learning and achievement; encourage the personal and professional growth of teachers and other educators, and model the efficient and effective use of information and ideas.
  • Standard 4: Program Administration: School library media candidates administer the library media program in order to support the mission of the school, and according to the principles of best practice in library science and program administration.

Other Information

Program Requirements

To earn the Library Media Endorsement students must:

  • Successfully complete the Southern Utah University program for library media endorsement with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Pass the required Praxis II: Subject Assessment Test #0311 within 5 years of applying to the program. Test information is available at
  • Create an electronic portfolio during the program.
  • Complete 100 hours of practical experience.

Admission Procedures

Admission to the library media endorsement program is a separate process and needs to be completed in addition to Southern Utah University admission.

Admission to the Master of Education Degree with School Library Media Endorsement (M.Ed.) is made through the College of Education. (

Transfer Students

  • May transfer up to six hours of library endorsement courses from other universities. For equivalent courses between universities please see the Utah State Office of Education Library Endorsement application. Coursework completed outside of Utah will need to be approved by the Library Curriculum Committee. All transfer courses must have a grade of B- or better.
  • Courses older than 5 years will not be accepted.

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