Various Pieces of Advice on What to Study for the Library Media Specialist Praxis Exam

East Carolina University Discussion Board About Media Praxis

Read the Woolls textbook for review. I recall a question on the practice media specialist exam that sounded like it came directly from Woolls.

ALA Website
Study the ALA website closely.  Probably especially the American Association of School Librarians portion of the ALA website. But other things as well, especially all the material about library rights and right to read.

Censorship Court Cases

Bloom's taxonomy, especially the higher end such as synthesizing and organizing. Find  that on the Internet somewhere and read up on it a little.

I'd look at the Loertscher Taxonomy also.

Things about ways of learning such as visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile and interpersonal vs intrapersonal. (Don't ask me where to find this information!!)

Keith Curry Lance and the state studies. Look on the Internet. You'll find something. Remember the Colorado study? Be sure you can recognize this man's name and what he's famous for.

David Loertscher and the Bird Units. Loertscher is the one with the Taxonomy of media specialist involvement with teachers and units. Look him up in Library Lit and find out what the deal is with the Bird units. He has advice on how to stop doing units like this and assign more meaningful projects to your students.

All kinds of acronyms, such as ALA, AACR2R, AASL, and AECT. You can find these easily enough.

The Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read (look at the ALA website for Freedom to Read, look at your Van Orden textbook for Library Bill of Rights)

Think through all the various possibilities for types of information: Internet,
encyclopedias, pamphlet file (also called the Vertical File), almanacs, subscription databases, etc. and be prepared to answer questions concerning what resource would answer a certain type of question best.

The Communications Decency Act (the CDA) and CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act). Know what those are. You can find some fulltext articles in either Library Lit. or Wilson education that will bring you up to speed on these.
CIPA is the same as the United States vs. the American Library Association

Sample questions:

More hints:

From a former EDM student (May 2006):

1.    Do not spend too much time re-reading text books that you have
already read.  Most of the questions coming from these are general and
you have covered the material time and again in assignments.  Instead,
focus on the little details that you may have forgotten.
2.    Set up a notebook and divide it into the following sections: General
Media Info, Best Teaching Practices, Awards, Organizations,
Bibliographic Materials and Resources, Authors and Genres, Court Cases
and Acronyms
3.    Read through the above threads and put the information mentioned into
the above categories.
4.    Make sure to study/include each of the following:
General Media Info: Flexible scheduling, Loertscher Taxonomy, Research
Methods (know the steps and the authors of the Big 6 and Pathways to
Inquiry), How to cite something, Dewey Decimal Divisions, Staff roles in
the media center (know the jobs descriptions and preferred training),
Boolean logic, encumbered expenses, COPPA, CIPA, CDA, Keith Curry Lance,
David Loertscher and bird units, MARC Records and main tags

Best Teaching Practices: Blooms Taxonomy (know levels and key words),
Gardners Multiple Intelligences (know intelligences and applicable
activities), Cooperative Learning (definition and grouping), Graphic
Organizers (uses and different types)

Awards: Know the names of all of the awards listed on the ALA website
and what they are given for.

Organizations: Know all of the media organizations (especially the
divisions of ALA as listed on the ALA website) and their acronyms.

Bibliographic Materials and Resources: Know well known bibliographic
materials and what they are best used for.  Know well know book reviews,
what they are best used for and who publishes them.  Know research
journals, what they are best used for and who publishes them.

Authors and Genres: Create a list of genres (making sure to include
things like folk tales, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, etc).  Create a
list of authors and books that represent each of these genres.

Court Cases: Know Tinker vs. Des Moines, Hazelwood vs. Kuhlmeier, Annie
on my Mind, Pico vs. Island Trees, Bethel School Dist. Vs Frasier, and
Ashcroft vs. ACLU

Acronyms: Be familiar with as many acronyms as possible

Passing Score is: 630 (old) 153 (new). Depending upon when you entered the program, the requirement for your passing score will be different.

Updated 7-2009