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VOYA - Laura Woodruff
Written by two retired school library media specialists who have authored eleven professional books, edit The School Librarian's Workshop, and now work as consultants, this book, needed years ago, can serve as a bible for new school media specialists. Covering topics such as "Your Philosophy," "Getting Yourself Organized," "Reaching Your Students," "Planning," and "Advocacy and You," each chapter begins with a handy outline. Important points are highlighted in well-placed text boxes, while key ideas are summarized at the ends of the chapters. Brief, direct, and to the point, this utilitarian paperback takes care of everything, even practical matters such as selecting a circulation system and closing at the end of the year. Essential resources for the school librarian's professional shelf, with online sites, a list of jobbers and vendors, a glossary, and an index can be found in the appendixes. The chapter on technology covers topics such as filtering, online databases, and library management systems from a general perspective. Because it does not address rapid recent developments in teens' use of technology, other more cutting-edge resources must be added to a media specialist's toolkit. [Editor's Note: Especially recommended are Frances Jacobson Harris's I Found It on the Internet: Coming of Age Online (ALA Editions, 2005/VOYA August 2005) and both volumes of Youth Information-Seeking Behavior, edited by Mary K. Chelton and Colleen Cool (I: Scarecrow Press, 2004/VOYA June 2005; II: Scarecrow Press, 2007/review in process). For a thought-provoking list of new technologies to use with teens in school libraries, find Joyce Kasman Valenza's You Know You're aTwenty-First-Century Teacher-Librarian If . . . (October 2006) on e-voya at] Why not take advantage of the six decades of experience that these authors make available here? Any novice school library media specialist who chooses to follow the suggestions and advice in this guide gets a jump-start on a successful career.
School Library Journal

For newbies-or for veterans moving into unfamiliar territory, whether site or grade-level-this first-rate guide to handling that initial critical year is a welcome addition to any library media specialist's personal collection. The 12 chapters roll out logically from developing a personal philosophy through the application process; initial staff introduction; organizing time; reaching students, staff, and supervisors; developing advocacy and site plans; dealing with technology; working to standards and ethics; and wrapping up the first year on the job. Each whimsically titled chapter (e.g., "A Matter of Principals") opens with a cool quote (buttons should be created that state, "I think, therefore I am a school library media specialist") and concludes with a shaded list of key ideas (e.g., "Show support in order to get it"). Unlike texts that overwhelm the new LMS with more information than they can read, let alone deal with, this breath of fresh air has the potential to be an ongoing guide for getting through that toughest year with style and panache, if not complete self-assurance.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909249
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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