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From the Publisher"Library/media personnel are keenly aware of the critical importance of creating and maintaining partnerships and collaboration with teachers, administrators and other educational professionals, as well as keeping abreast of various pedagogical issues. A daunting task, indeed, to be knowledgeable about media concerns as well as everything else. Fortunately, Kay Bishop provides us here with "information . . . including national standards, trends and controversies" (p. 18) about specific subject areas, as well as several other areas having direct impact on library/media centers. Chapter topics range from elementary school math, middle school social studies, and high school science, to students who are physically disabled, reluctant readers, gifted and talented, block scheduling, electronic reading programs (such as Accelerated Reader) standardized testing, plus a chapter on collaboration and partnerships. Specific attention is directed to the role of the media specialist and/or the media center in all chapters, and multiple perspectives are included where appropriate (for example, advantages and disadvantages of electronic reading programs). Introductory information provides brief background in resource-based learning and authentic learning/constructivism, instructional role of the library/media specialist, and types and methods of partnerships and partnering. Other special features include Web sites, bibliographies, related research and suggested activities. This is a succinct resource for helping library/media personnel to engage in informed discussions, decision-making and implementation in regard to the topics presented. Recommended."
Library Media Connection