The school library is often considered the center of the academic universe. No longer a place of silent reading and study, today’s school library is a vibrant, collaborative environment. A modern media specialist is the gatekeeper to a literal world of knowledge in various forms, both tangible and digital.
Lindenwood University's Integrated School Library Media and Technology Graduate Certificate focuses on both the daily administration of a successful library program and the big picture of the future-ready 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.
The 18-hour (three semester) Integrated School Library Media and Technology Graduate Certificate is available fully online and as a standalone certificate or as an emphasis in the MAE program. The certificate includes the four core library courses and two additional classes to provide a solid and dynamic foundation of skills and knowledge for future school librarians.
Tonya Thompson, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tonya Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Services 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.