LMS Practicum

Practicum in LMS: LM 5210

The LMS Practicum is to provide you with a supervised field experience in school library. The purpose is to gain meaningful work experience through applying knowledge learned in previous course work to the on-the-job situation. Commitment includes 120 hours (90 hours at one level, 30 hours at an alternate level).

Preparing for your Practicum

Even if you are just beginning the school library program, it is not too early to start thinking about your practicum. This three-credit 16-week course, an application of what you have learned in your coursework, is taken as the final capstone of your Library certification or Master’s program.

LM 5210 is completed under the direction of a certified school librarian “mentor” and a university supervisor. Aside from the required 120 hours  candidates reflect on their experiences through a learning log and final reflective paper and work on four assignments:

  1. Student learning project
  2. Professional development project
  3. Collaborative handbook project
  4. ePortfolio.

Our Library Practicum has been developed for those candidates working at a school in some capacity (librarians, technology integrators, teachers, para-educators, etc.). Candidates who are presently employed at a school may complete 90 hours of the practicum in their own buildings. These hours can be completed by teaching digital, information literacy, and traditional literacy skills, observing and assisting a school librarian in practice, offering professional development to educators, attending meetings, reading professional and children’s books, working on this practicum, meeting with your mentor, etc. We would like for you to have a rich field experience and want you to to teach, observe, and assist with a myriad of activities during this time.

The other 30 hours of your practicum are completed at an alternative level (elementary, middle, or high schools) which can include visiting school libraries at other levels, attending workshops, conferences, and webinars that address student learning at different levels, meeting with school librarians at different levels, etc. Candidates who are not working in a school should plan to complete the process in a school with a certified school librarian.

Your mentor and your university supervisor are available to meet with you, to offer support, suggestions, and advice, and to serve as guides as you primarily complete the practicum independently. You do not have to complete the 120 hours directly with your mentor or university supervisor.

Before you register for your practicum, you should e-mail your advisor to determine your eligibility for the course. Every course in the program must be completed before the practicum begins.

The practicum course is offered during every fall and spring semester. All candidates fill out the practicum placement form. This should be e-mailed to the practicum coordinator. Deadlines are November 1st for spring and April 1st for fall semesters.

During the practicum, you will meet online for two sessions. The meetings are at the beginning and end of the semester on a weekday evening.

Three Steps

          1. Complete the Placement Confirmation for your 90 hour placement and send it to me.
          2. Choose a mentor to work with. Find someone who is willing to work with you for one semester on gaining the practical knowledge of serving as a LMS in a school. If you need help finding a mentor, I can help. Once you select a mentor, let me know who it is.
          3. Register for a 3 credit practicum: LM 5210. You will need my digital signature to approve your internship. Let me know before you register and I will sign-off on it.

For more information about the LMS Program, please contact:

Pam Harland
Program Coordinator
Plymouth State University, Department of Education Leadership Learning & Curriculum
pcharland(at)plymouth.edu