NYSTCE Library Media Specialist

The NYSTCE Library Media Specialist test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to use and/or teach individuals to use information resources in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas:

The School Library Media Program (7% of the exam)
Roles and Responsibilities of the Library Media Specialist (10%)
Information, Technology, and Literary Resources (12%)
Collection Development and Resource Management (10%)
Skills for Multiple Literacies (10%)
Individual and Collaborative Learning and Inquiry (11%)
Social Responsibility and Legal and Ethical Issues (7%)
Administration of the School Library Media Program (13%)
Analysis, Synthesis, and Application (20%)

The test consists of approximately 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Library Media Specialist Practice Questions

1. What is the most beneficial aspect of peer-to-peer coaching for library media specialists?
A: More strategies for dealing with students
B: Improved relationships with administrators
C: Access to cutting-edge technology
D: Development of relationships with other professionals

2. What is the best method for teaching students to use a computerized card catalog?
A: Lecture explanation
B: Guided practice
C: Immersion
D: Printed directions

3. Which of the following is NOT an appropriate periodical for elementary school students?
A: Nature
B: Ranger Rick
C: Highlights
D: Calliope

4. Why should a library media specialist compose a mission statement?
A: To attract funds
B: To standardize assessment
C: To communicate the library’s goals and objectives
D: To delegate responsibility among the various library employees

5. What is the best way for a library media specialist to help a first-grade teacher who is starting a unit on Africa?
A: Provide access to age-appropriate multimedia resources
B: Place books about African culture on special reserve
C: Present a lesson on African literature to the class
D: Create a bulletin board with an African theme

Answer Key

1. D. Peer-to-peer coaching allows professionals to form friendships that may be extremely helpful when problems arise.
2. B. The best way to learn most computer programs is through direct experience with supervision.
3. A. Nature is a research journal and is much too sophisticated for young children.
4. C. Mission statements are an opportunity for specialists to make their educational philosophy.
5. A. With young students, it is not advisable to approach a new unit from an overly intellectual angle.