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  • School Librarian Licensure Coordinator

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Library/Organization Address

    52 E. Gregory Drive
    Champaign, Illinois 61820
  • Employment Type


  • Hourly Wage/Salary Range

    Commensurate with Experience

  • About the Organization

  • Job Description and Responsibilities

    Oversees and advises School of Information Sciences students admitted to the School Librarian Licensure Program to ensure they meet requirements for continuation. In the licensure program, this includes admission to program, practicum, student teaching, and recommendation for licensure. This person will also serve as a University supervisor (an official representative from the university to PreK, elementary, middle, and high schools), supervising teacher- librarian candidates during student teaching and serving as the liaison between the School of Information Sciences' program and the cooperating teacher-librarians who work directly with students during their field experiences (practicum and student teaching).
    Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    Coordinate application, admittance and recommendation for licensure process and monitor candidate progress in accordance with iSchool and CoTE policies and procedures.
    Serve as the information interface between the Council on Teacher Education (CoTE) and the School.
    Ensure that all cooperating personnel and clinical sites meet CoTE requirements by verifying personnel qualifications with cooperating districts and checking CoTE website for school district contracts.
    Train and coordinate activities of university supervisors in the School Librarian Licensure program. Assign supervisors to candidates and communicate regularly with supervisors throughout the semester.
    Facilitate information exchange between the cooperating teacher-librarian, the candidate, the school, and the University and its teacher education programs. This includes communicating program expectations, mediating problems that may arise and providing feedback and suggestions to aid in successful student teaching placements.
    Evaluate potential clinical experience placement sites to build a network of cooperating teacher-librarians for clinical experiences.
    Communicate with public school personnel regarding expectations and requirements for placement sites and cooperating personnel, program requirements, candidate assignments, and criteria for candidate assessment.
    Gather data for and complete all required program-related forms and reports for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), CoTE and the School.
    Serve as a liaison with potential employers/job opportunities for graduates of the school librarian program.
    Serve as a liaison with state and local government agencies that develop programs for training their personnel at the iSchool via certificates or other non-degree programs.
    Coordinate with communications staff to direct publicity and public relations regarding the school librarian licensure program.
    Licensure candidate supervision:

    Conduct or supervise regularly scheduled lesson observations and evaluations during practicum and student teaching placements, as required by CoTE, in order to give feedback to the candidate on their growth and development in knowledge, skills and dispositions. Document all observations and conduct conferences with cooperating personnel and candidates to communicate candidate's progress.
    Conduct seminars and workshops for licensure candidates during their field experiences.

    Advise current and potential students interested in pursuing professional educator licensure or endorsement(s) as a school librarian or technology specialist.
    Admissions, Recruitment, and Alumni:

    Assist admissions and enrollment staff in recruitment of licensure and endorsement candidates by recommending methods of communication with potential candidates, planning information sessions about the program, and attending recruitment fairs/activities.
    Maintain communication with and support of the School's alumni working in school libraries.
    Other related duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Requirements to Apply

    Master’s degree in educational administration and leadership, library and information science, education, or a related field. Experience with governing educational agencies or departments such as UIUC’s Council on Teacher Education. Experience working with young people in PK-12 schools. Training, Licenses or Certifications: Required: Illinois PEL (Professional Educator License). Current evaluator Certification or agreement to become certified to supervise and evaluate student teachers and practicum students in the Danielson Framework for Evaluation.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Experience in supervision of teachers, or licensure/endorsements candidates. Familiarity with national and state school librarian, library, and professional teaching standards. Experience with the EdTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) for LIS.

    Training, Licenses or Certifications:
    Preferred: Illinois endorsement as Library Information Specialist
  • Benefits Offered

  • Position Start Date

    This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 4/7/2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • How to Apply

    Application Procedures & Deadline Information
    Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on April 7th, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting, include a cover letter, a current resume, names, and contact information for three references, including email and telephone numbers. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Ted Underwood at 217-333-3280. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.
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