Administering the School Library Media Center / Edition 5

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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: 9781591586890
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 580
  • Sales rank: 144,604
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (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




The Historical Perspective

Forging Partnerships toward Information Literacy

Functions of the School Library Media Program

Developing a School Library Media Program

The Media Center Budget



Media Selection: Policies and Procedures

Media Selection: Criteria and Selection Aids

Technology: The Crucial Link

Acquisition and Organization

Program Administration

Outside the Walls of the Library Media Center


Appendix I: Directory of State School Library Media Center Agencies

Appendix II: Directory of Associations and Agencies

Appendix III: Directory of Selected Furniture and Supply Houses

Appendix IV: Key Documents


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