Getting Lead-Bottomed Administrators Excited About School Library Media Centers

Getting Lead-Bottomed Administrators Excited About School Library Media Centers

by Timothy Snyder
     
 

Gain the administrative support you need for your media center and library programs with this practical and enlightening guide. Snyder shows you how differences in background, learning styles, thought processes, leadership styles, and outlooks between school media specialists and building administrators can undermine the success of the library program. He then

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Gain the administrative support you need for your media center and library programs with this practical and enlightening guide. Snyder shows you how differences in background, learning styles, thought processes, leadership styles, and outlooks between school media specialists and building administrators can undermine the success of the library program. He then gives you step-by-step instructions for bridging the communication gap and leading your media center to success. The real-life examples and winning strategies are both instructive and entertaining. Essential professional reading for all media specialists.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Although the catchy title and engaging cover will draw readers to this book, those expecting a witty read with fresh ideas for promoting the library program will be disappointed. Librarians need to read the book to discover that the author is a former principal, as there is no author information provided. He believes that lead-bottomed administrators can be motivated to support the library program when librarians develop and follow a careful plan of action. The book becomes a guide to the author's "Seven Components of Successful Planning,'' a step-by-step account of the planning process. This discussion includes a useful description of personality types and some activities for building support that will not be new to school librarians running creditable programs. Rather than providing new ideas or building enthusiasm for action, the book leaves readers with the impression that change comes as a result of a fairly dull process and that administrators often are clueless when it comes to the library program. For librarians interested in building support for their programs, Carol Kearney's discussion of leading from the middle in Curriculum Planner (Greenwood, 2000) provides a much fresher approach to building administrative support. For educating administrators about the exciting role the library plays in the school community, David V. Loertscher's Reinvent Your School's Library in the Age of Technology (Hi Willow, 1998) is a guide written expressly for principals and superintendents. Index. 2000, Libraries Unlimited, 184p, $27 pb. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Chris Carlson SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
School Library Journal
An upbeat, inspirational look at ways library media specialists (LMS) and administrators can work together to improve the effectiveness of library-media-center programs. Snyder, an administrator himself, preaches his support of LMSs' role in school reform and is cognizant of the challenges they face (insufficient funding and administrative backing, ill-behaved students, heavy workload, inadequate facilities, and demanding teachers). He continues with an analysis of various personality characteristics of many LMSs and administrators and how they affect job performance. Much of the book outlines the planning process in a useful step-by-step manner. The author uses interesting anecdotes and case studies to drive his points home effectively. He reports that research shows that schools with strong libraries have high student achievement, although he does not tell where to find the research. A helpful, sympathetic look at school library media centers today.-Sandra L. Doggett, Urbana High School, Ijamsville, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563087943
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/15/2000
Series:
Building Partnerships Series
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Meet the Author

TIMOTHY SNYDER, a reforming lead-bottomed administrator, is Executive Director of Colorado Online Learning. He is a recipient of the Colorado Communicator of the Year award, the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education, and the American Association of School Administrators President's Technology Award.

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