University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEW! I’m a School Library Media Specialist…Now What?!

You’ve landed your first job as a Library Media Specialist in a school!  Now what???  If this is the first time you’ve worked in a school setting, you may be unsure of where to start.  This class will cover all the basics of lesson planning, classroom management, building rapport and relationships with students, collaboration with staff, connecting with administration, communicating with families, managing the collection, overseeing the budget, recruiting and supervising volunteers, and more!  

This is a non-credit continuing education course and may not be substituted for any courses required for School Library Media Specialist Certification (1902).

At a glance

When: June 15 – July 26

Where: Online

Cost: $250 (10% discount until May 30!)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: #30520

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Please note: UW-Madison now requires payment upon registration. If you need to pay with a check, please use the form below and mail the check with your registration.

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by mail: Print a Registration Form

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


  • The School Library Media Specialist’s Role 
  • Resources to Know About 
  • Collection Management   
  • Managing the Budget 
  • Lesson Planning 
  • Record-Keeping and Rotation Planning 
  • Classroom Management, Rapport, and Collaboration


Pass/Fail grade is based on reading weekly material, participation in online discussions, and the completion of short assignments.


Amanda Struckmeyer holds a Master’s Degree from UW-Madison’s Information School.  She is a school library media specialist in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District.