High-quality, well-staffed school library programs impact student achievement.
School library information specialists are licensed teachers who have added the library media license to their teaching license. With shortages, administrators can request an emergency license/permit to hire a teacher if they complete a preparation program.
The Department of Public Instruction delegates preparation for licensure to institutions around the state. It authorizes, reviews, evaluates and approves each program for earning the license. Each varies slightly. For state programs in school librarianship, see Wisconsin Library Preparation Programs.
The UWSSLEC offers a consistent program across each of the participating institutions that is designed specifically for working teachers who seek the license.