This eight-week online course of study is designed for school site K-12 library media technicians and librarians, and includes a one-day face-to-face instructional component. It provides a learning context that challenges participants to learn and implement effective library media service practices grounded in 21st Century skills.
Recent testimonials from some of our IMRA graduates...
"The beauty of this course is that you put into practice what you study. I have taken technology classes before, been inspired but never really used much of the information in my daily work. With this class you actually get to test your knowledge and skills. I already feel that I am a better library assistant because of the newly gained knowledge..."
Helle V., Piedmont Unified
" If you are debating whether or not to take this class, or if you have been nudged in this direction, take a deep breath and hang on for the ride! This course was so much more than I had expected. You will gain so much information, receive confirmation, and you will have a tremendous amount of support available to you, not only from your teachers, but from your classmates. From the 8-week fully packed course, I have already been able to adapt some of the information right into my Library Media Tech position."
Jill A., San Diego Unified
Upcoming IMRA Course face-to-face instruction date is scheduled for:
Oct. 11, 2017, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SDCOE Linda Vista Campus,
Course fee: $200
*All materials provided, including a one-year subscription to SDCOE's Digital Content Portal elibrary.
If you're unable to register for our courses listed above please fill out our interest form.
Module 1: The IMRA's Role in Assisting Teachers
Investigate current and future trends in the library media center
Reflect on the role of the Instructional Media Associate
Learn how to navigate the Haiku Learning Management System (LMS)
Module 2: Model School Library Standards
Identify useful resources in the CDE Library Media website
Understand the California Model Library Standards
Design a mini-lesson around one of the standards
Module 3: Common Core State Standards
Module 4: Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety
Module 5: Informational Literacy
Understand the CCSS emphasis on informational text and text complexity
How to utilize the Digital Content Portal resources
Effective use of e-resources and Web 2.0 tools
Investigate research skills in the library using digital and print resources
Module 6: Collection Management
Collection assessment and maintenance
Effective use of the physical space
Rules and procedures for center and technology management
Class scheduling - nuts and bolts
Module 7: Promoting the Library Media Center
Implement effective reading motivation programs for life-long readers
Build school-wide support; communication with teachers, students, parents and administration
Build parent and community support for your library media center
Module 8: Final IMRA Action Plan Guidelines
The way in which you will apply what you have learned in this course to promote student achievement in your Library Media Center.
A reflection on what you have learned in this course by identifying areas of strength and/or need and analyzing your individual growth as a learner.
Action steps for implementing change in practice with an action timeline.