Those who want to teach as a Library Media Specialist must take the NYSTCE Library Media exam. Passing this exam means that a person is qualified to use and teach others how to use library and information resources. It demonstrates that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills demanded by the New York State Academic Standards and is qualified to teach in the New York State public school system. The New York State Library Media specialist will have an understanding of library science along with a familiarity with acquiring information, organizing it, and administering a library media program.
The subareas that are tested on the NYSTCE Library Media exam, with approximately ninety multiple-choice questions are: Library Media Resources, which accounts for 20 percent of the test; Library Media Program, which account for another 20 percent of the exam; Program Administration and Leadership, which accounts for 25 percent of the exam; and Information Literacy Skills, which accounts for another 25 percent of the exam. The remaining 10 percent is for the one constructed-response question in the area of Information Literacy Skills.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014