Locate yourself in the world of information with your Bachelor of Arts in Library Science and Media from Ashford University. In this online degree program, you will learn to evaluate technology for effective instructional delivery.
Stacey von Winckelmann serves as a Digital Services Librarian for Ashford University and an Associate Faculty Member in the College of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Reading from the University of North Texas, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master of Arts in Book and Digital Media Studies from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Read her full bio.
Online Library Science and Media Bachelor's Degree Focus
Library science is a growing field of study as traditional libraries are transitioning to research support roles. This field will continue to grow due to the increase in online resources, virtual schools, and the evolving role of librarians and research assistants across all industries. This degree demonstrates your research skills and your ability to support information acquisition. You will study the application of technology to support learning and information access. The evolving role of librarians and the training necessary to become 21st century information experts will be explored through coursework in this degree program.
Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions
The B.A. in Library Science and Media provides students training in teacher-librarianship with a focus on school librarian support staff positions such as “library technicians” and “library assistants.” This program covers information literacy, best practices in managing school media centers, and children’s literature. The B.A. program does not lead to licensure but it will provide graduates a strong foundation and necessary skills from which to pursue advanced study in this field.
This program is not CAEP*, TEAC, NCATE or ALA accredited, which is a requirement for certification and employment in some states, and successful completion of the Library Science and Media program by itself does not lead to teacher or librarian certification or licensure in any state. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.
* The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Alabama Students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 334-353-8567 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.
If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.