Greece Central School District Will Pay Tuition for Employees Who Study for Master's Degree in Library Studies at UB

Critical shortage of school librarians in district prompts cooperative venture

Release Date: June 18, 2004 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Greece Central School District (GCSD) in Monroe County, the seventh-largest school district in New York State, has a critical need for school librarians.

To alleviate the shortage, the district has partnered with the Department of Library and Information Studies in the University at Buffalo School of Informatics and will reimburse part of the costs of educating school library media specialists.

The program is open to Monroe County residents who work for the school district and are pursuing, or wish to pursue, at UB a master's degree in library and information studies with a specialization in school library media. Participants will be reimbursed by the school district for the cost of up to 12 graduate credits per year under the GCSD Employer-Sponsored Payment Plan.

Those seeking enrollment in the GCSD Employer-Sponsored Payment Plan must first be accepted into the UB MLS program. Some of the courses will be offered at the GCSD campus in Greece.

Information on the UB program can be found at the program Web site at

Interested applicants may contact Kay Bishop, Ph.D., associate professor of information and library studies and director of the UB School Library Program, at (716) 645-2412 extension 1168 (, or Sue Altobello of the GCSD human resources office, 585-621-1000 extension 2324.

While the GCSD, which serves 13,864 students in 20 schools, has several other educational partners, UB will offer the district's first affiliated program for the education of school librarians.

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