Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Win-Win: Library Science Course for High School Students

South Dakota school librarians can offer high school students coursework for working and learning in the school library. The Library Science Course is a one-or-two semester course and is recognized within the South Dakota state system. Enrollment criteria are to be developed at the local level.

This elective course allows students to explore the possibility of a future career while gaining real-world experience. It also helps to build interpersonal and critical thinking skills that support college, career, and life readiness.

Some middle schools have adapted this course to offer a library class for middle schoolers. This is a win-win opportunity for schools. This partnership develops positive work behaviors and skills in students while supporting often understaffed school libraries.

To learn more access the Library Science Course Framework.

For examples of SD school libraries who offer this course, contact Alissa Adams at

two students with apron and cart with books
Library students at Douglas Middle School in Box Elder.