Administering the School Library Media Center / Edition 5

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School library administration presents a complicated challenge to professionals in the field, requiring constant adjustment to accommodate the proliferation of new technologies, as well as the latest standards and legislation focused on assessment of student learning. Every library media specialist needs an authoritative guide through this ongoing revolution in education.

This reference text provides a complete instructional overview of the workings of the library media center-from the basics of administration, budgeting, facilities management, organization, selection of materials, and staffing to explanations on how to promote information literacy and the value of digital tools like blogs, wikis, and podcasting.

Since the publication of the fourth edition of Administering the School Library Media Center in 2004, many changes have altered the landscape of school library administration: the implementation of NCLB legislation and the revision of AASL standards, just to mention two. The book is divided into 14 chapters, each devoted to a major topic in school library media management. This latest edition gives media specialists a roadmap for designing a school library that is functional and intellectually stimulating, while leading sources provide guidance for further research.

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Editorial Reviews

The first edition (1973) was titled Creating a School Media Program, and the second (under the current title) was published in 1983. The third reflects new trends and technology in its coverage of the media center's role, functions, and practical management. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586852
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

BETTY J. MORRIS teaches media specialists in the Media and Instructional Technology Department of the College of Education at the State University of West Georgia. Her experience includes working as a media specialist, as a faculty member teaching media specialists at Long Island University, as a Library Power Director in Florida, and as an acquisitions editor for two publishing companies.

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Table of Contents

Exhibits ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1 School Library: A Historical Perspective 1

Introduction 1

The Era of the School District Library 1

The Genesis of the School Library 2

The Age of Development 5

The Emergence of the Media Center 10

Chapter 2 Forging Proactive Leadership and Partnership in Media Centers 27

Proactive Leadership Roles of the School Library Media Specialist 30

Partnerships within the School Constituency 33

Links of Communication within and Outside the School 37

School Library Media Specialist as a Change Agent and Program Administrator 39

Chapter 3 Functions of the School Library Media Center 47

Services 48

Functions Related to User Activities 55

Converting a School Library Media Center into a Virtual Library 59

Future School Library Media Programs 61

Chapter 4 Developing a School Library Media Center Program 65

The School Library Media Specialist and the Curriculum 65

The Instructional Program 66

Instructional Components 70

Publicizing the School Library Media Center 92

Hours of Service, Attendance, and Use of the OPAC 103

Chapter 5 The Media Center Budget 111

Introduction 111

Sources of Funding 115

The Big Budget Picture 123

Budget Levels of Funding 124

Budgeting Systems 125

Creating the School Library Media Center Budget 131

Accounting for the Media Center's Money 144

Conclusion 149

Chapter 6 Staff 155

Managerial Principles 156

Personnel Categories 157

How Big a Staff? 162

Representative Center Tasks 162

Job Descriptions 168

Certification 174

National Certification Standards 178

Recruitment and Selection 179

Staff Training 180

Supervision (Staff Evaluation) 181

Manuals 186

The Future of School Library Media Centers 192

Chapter 7 Facilities 197

Planning 198

Space 199

Facilities for Major Functions 217

Floor Plan Web Sites 223

Environmental Elements 224

Furnishings 229

Facilities for Special Media Services 232

Chapter 8 Media Selection: Policies and Procedures 239

Background Knowledge 240

Organizing the Media Selection Program 243

Writing a Media Selection Policy 246

Standards 249

Selection Aids 250

Practical Points to Aid Selection 253

Censorship and the School Library Media Center 262

Chapter 9 Media Selection: Criteria and Selection Aids 271

Quantitative Criteria for Educational Materials and Equipment 271

General Criteria for Selecting Educational Materials 279

Selection Criteria for Slow or Reluctant Learners 281

Specific Criteria for Selecting Educational Materials 282

General Criteria for Selecting Audiovisual Equipment 306

Specific Criteria for Selecting Audiovisual Equipment 308

Selection Aids for Educational Materials 316

General Audiovisual Sources 332

Chapter 10 Technology: The Crucial Link 341

Introduction 341

Top 10 Things Technology Leaders Do 342

Technology Advice for 21st-Century Library Media Specialists 343

The Virtual Library 345

Technology Planning 350

Preparing the School for Technology 353

Technology and Student Learning 357

Technology Management 362

New Technology Innovations 367

Creating a School Library Media Center Web Page 375

Standards and Their Impact on Technology 377

Automation and the Internet 380

Internet Resource Sites and Technology Journals 388

Chapter 11 Acquisition and Organization 401

Bidding 401

Purchasing 406

Order Processing 409

Classification and Cataloging 422

Local Production of Materials 432

Copyright and the School Library Media Center 435

Chapter 12 Practical Aspects of Program Administration 441

Changes in Technology 441

Circulation Procedures 442

Inventory and Weeding Procedures 450

Maintaining the Collection 456

Records and Reports 457

Web Pages 463

Managing a Book Fair 465

Chapter 13 Outside the Walls of the School Library Media Center 475

Associations 475

Federal and State Agencies and Programs 484

School Library Media Centers and the Public Library 487

School Library Media Centers and Networking 488

School Library Media Specialist Reading Shelf 488

Chapter 14 Evaluation 495

The School Library Media Specialist's Evaluation of the Media Program 496

Building-Level Media Program Evaluation 504

Staff Evaluation 522

Evaluation by School Library Media Center Users 522

Appendix I State Directory of School Library Media Center Agencies 535

Appendix II Directory of Associations and Agencies 547

Appendix III Directory of Selected Library Furniture and Supply Houses 556

Appendix IV Key Documents from American Library Association Web Sites 566

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Code of Ethics 567

Citizen's Request Form for Reevaluation of Media Center Materials 569

Index 571

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