Library 101: A Handbook for the School Library Media Specialist / Edition 1

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This well organized handbook is a must have for new and inexperienced school librarians as they open new schools or take on that first job. It will also serve as a source of information for library professionals in guiding their clerical staff and student and parent volunteers. The handbook covers everything from library management systems to budgeting, television production, and how to collaborate with teachers. Current issues in the field (LMS role as a reading teacher and LMS role in assessment of student learning) are discussed. All issues and recommendations are viewed in an ideal setting and in a real-world setting, enabling LMS to view their situation as it is and as it may become. The basis of the work is the authors' experience in mentoring many new librarians in Florida and their own journey to national board certification The authors have solicited short sidebar articles from noted experts in the field, as well as from practicing school librarians at all levels. These short essays add validity and expand the text. Grades K-12.

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"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."


Booklist/Professional Reading

"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."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591583240
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 698,624
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

CLAIRE GATRELL STEPHENS is a National Board Certified school library media specialist and works as a high school librarian in the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. She has written two previous books for Libraries Unlimited.

PATRICIA FRANKLIN is a National Board Certified school library media specialists and a high school librarian in the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando.

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Table of Contents



Part I: Day-to-Day Basics

Chapter 1: Your Role as a School Library Media Specialist

Chapter 2: Understanding Library Organization

Chapter 3: Circulation Policies and Mechanics

Chapter 4: Using Media Management Systems

Chapter 5: Scheduling: Philosophy and Practicality

Chapter 6: Staffing Your Library Media Center

Chapter 7: Arranging Your Media Center

Part II: The Media Specialist as Teacher/Collaborator

Chapter 8: Indentifying Standards--State and National

Chapter 9: Developing and Promoting Your Media Program

Chapter 10: Research and You

Chapter 11: Television Production and You

Part III: Long-Term Vision

Chapter 12: Collection Development

Chapter 13: Resources for the Journey

Chapter 14: Budgeting and Purchasing

Chapter 15: Cataloging and Processing

Part IV: Eguipping Your Library Media Center

Chapter 16: Equipped to Run!

National Level Professional Organizations

State Level Professional Organizations

Helpful Resources

Awards for Children and Young Adult Literature

Library 101 Vocabulary--A Glossary of Terms


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