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From the Publisher"This handbook provides information for brand-new and inexperienced librarians preparing for a first job in a school library media center. Articles are divided into four subcategories covering day-to-day operations (library organization, circulation policies, media management, scheduling, staffing, and media center arrangement); collaboration with teachers; collection development and management; and equipment. Current issues in the field are discussed, and sidebars offer perspectives from experts in the field as well as practicing school librarians at all levels. This is a very beginning-level introduction that would be of use to those who do not have the opportunity to intern in a school library or to discuss library media center basics with other librarians in their communities or school districts."
"Many interesting sidebars and illustrations scattered throughout the text include tips and tricks from experienced media specialists, providing practical support for the novice and mid-career professional alike. The text is written in an easily readable, lighthearted way….This manual will be seen on many new media specialists' bookshelves, with plenty of color pieces of paper marking oft-referenced pages. Experienced professionals will also find ideas and suggestions to improve or enhance their established programs….[P]rovides valuable guidance for operating an effective media center that is rightly placed at the hub of the learning community."
"Well organized resources are such a joy to use! This one packs a lot of information into a very useable format… [A] very useful resource and would be a great addition to the personal library of every school media specialist. The handbook provides a solid basis from which to build a vibrant and successful school media program."
Colorado Association of Libraries
"The Handbook is an excellent resource for new and well-established library professionals, those who are joining existing services or tasked with establishing a service. There is something in it for everyone, with ideas-a-plenty for promoting the service and working collaboratively with teachers. Library 101 is a highly usable and useful volume."