Summer Leadership Institute
for School Librarians
Looking for a free professional development (PD) opportunity designed specifically for Tennessee
Interested in online PD that you can complete from anywhere this summer?
Ready for the opportunity to collaborate with school librarians from all over the state?
Look no further!
About the Institute:
- This 6-week online PD (June and July) will cover reading comprehension techniques for the library, web-based technology tools, and collaboration strategies.
- Instruction will be provided on a cohort basis: one for elementary practitioners, and one for
secondary (middle and high) school librarians.
- You will be placed in a cohort based on the school population you currently serve.
- A maximum of 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 20 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) contact hours are available to participants.
- More information, including course requirements, materials, and schedule (pdf)
How to Apply
- Apply online.
- Requires the completion of a 250-400 word essay, which must be completed at the time of application. The prompt is "In 250-400 words, describe your views regarding the literacy instruction role of the school librarian. Please speak freely and provide examples from your work experience as illustrations if desired."
- Priority registration ends May 5th, but applications will
be accepted until all spots are filled.
- Applicants must be currently employed as a K-12 school librarian within
Tennessee, with a minimum of one year of work experience as a school
- Applicants also must hold a valid teaching license in Tennessee with an
endorsement for school library media.
The Curriculum Collection includes resource units, activity guides, bulletin board idea books, games, posters, patterns, big books, flip charts, art prints, learning kits and manipulative materials available for classroom use. As of 2015, MTSU is the sole depository of books/materials proposed for state review and approval for K-12 schools in the state of Tennessee. Click here for more information regarding the process for public review of textbooks in Tennessee.
Also located in the Curriculum Collection area is the Library Service Collection, a representative selection of books typically found in an elementary or secondary school library.
All materials located in the Curriculum Collection area are listed in the Library's online catalog,
The Curriculum Collection houses a small computer lab of 9 workstations which are connected to a printer.
Circulation of Curriculum Materials
All materials located in the Curriculum Collection may be checked out at the library Circulation desk on the 1st floor. Please read the Curriculum circulation policies below for check out time limit, fines, and renewal process. For circulation rules govering other materials in the library, see the Borrowing Policies page.
Orientation and tours of the Curriculum Collection are available. Please contact the Education Librarian Karen Reed at email@example.com to schedule an orientation/tour. General reference questions are referred to the Library Reference desk located on the first floor (615-898-2817). The Curriculum staff provide assistance on lesson plans and activities to go with books on instruction.
Research Coach Services
Karen Reed, the Education Librarian, is available by appointment for one-on-one research assistance. These sessions are customized to your individual research project needs, from undergraduate to doctoral level work. Karen can assist you with such tasks as structuring your literature review, suggesting useful databases, and citation formatting.
Instructors may place Curriculum materials on reserve for their students to use in the Library. See the Reserves information page for details.
Five study rooms, equipped with computers, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additional Education Resources
See the Education Research Guides for links to article databases and curriculum websites.