The library is often considered the center of the academic universe. No longer a place of silent reading and study, a school library today is vibrant, collaborative environment, a learning commons.
A modern media specialist is the gatekeeper to a literal world of knowledge. Of course there are books to check out and cataloging to be done, but now there is so much more to the library and management than just the stacks.
Lindenwood University's Integrated School Library Media and Technology program focuses on both the daily administration of a dynamic library program and the big picture of the future-ready and ISTE library standards. Each course is specifically designed to deliver relevant, meaningful learning experiences that culminate in a well-prepared library candidate who is ready to lead from the library in any school.
Learn more about the life of a school library media specialist by watching the webinar below.
Library and Media Technology Faculty
Tonya Thompson, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tonya Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Lindenwood University. She also serves as program chair for the School Library Media and Technology program and teaches courses in library, literature, and research. She earned a BS in communications and mass media, an MA in education and an MS in instructional technology, as well as her doctorate in educational leadership. Before moving into higher education, she worked for 16 years as a library media specialist, professional development leader, and communications manager for a large public school.
Christina Thompson, Adjunct Instructor
Along with joining the faculty at Lindenwood as an adjunct, Mrs. Thompson has been a library media specialist at Ritenour High School in St. Louis County since 2008. Prior to that role, she taught English for Pattonville High School and for Salem High School. Mrs. Thompson earned an Education Specialist in Information Resources from the University of Central Missouri and also served there as an adjunct instructor. She holds an MA in TESOL from Webster University and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri.