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Instructional Media Resource Associate Certification

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 Classes

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,
Learning Labs 3 and 4, Register Here

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.

Course Details

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

  • Become familiar with the main elements of the K-12 CA Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

  • Understand the important role of Media and Technology in the Common Core State Standards

Module 4: Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety

  • Digital Citizenship for Students

  • Cyber Safety Policies

  • Managing Computer Use

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

  • Circulation 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.