May 27, 2022

Michigan: Wayne State University Unveils New Program to Fight Statewide School Librarian Shortage

From The South End:

Wayne State is seeking to combat a statewide librarian shortage by creating an experimental certificate program that allows educators to become library media specialists.


Students in the program must have a valid Michigan teaching certificate. They will be required to complete 15 credit hours to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Sciences. Previously, a master’s degree was required for enrollment, according to a news release by WSU.


The number of librarians in Michigan schools declined by 54 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to Bridge Magazine. Moreover, only 8 percent of Michigan schools have a full-time, certified library media specialist according to WSU.


“Schools found that one of the easiest things to cut were school librarian-media positions, so that’s been happening for over ten years,” [Matthew] Fredericks, [academic services officer for the School of Information Sciences] said.

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