Power Tools Recharged: 125+ Essential Forms and Presentations for Your School Library Information Program / Edition 1

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This follow-up to Valenza's Power Tools and Power Research Tools features many more carefully designed customizable, reproducible forms and handouts (a CD is included as well) to help out library media specialists. The looseleaf book is divided into six sections: Communicating Your Program, with templates for a gift book program, letters to parents and faculty members, book talk tips, and more; Program Administration, with a checklist of tasks, library equipment sign-out forms, and so on; Measuring the Impact of Our Programs, including assessment forms, a reading interest survey, and a curriculum map; Instructional Tools for Information Literacy, such as a Big 6 skills overview, a guide to the MLA bibliographic style, and a library scavenger hunt; Student Tools for Information Literacy, with a thesis project organizer, a research checklist, and more; and Presentations, on topics like online searching and plagiarism, which open into PowerPoint. Appendices include library-related quotes and resources on the Web. There is no index, unfortunately, but the detailed table of contents is helpful. This is a terrific resource for all school librarians, particularly those in middle and high schools. KLIATT Codes: P*—Exceptional book. 2004, ALA, 320p. illus., ; for ALA members. Ages adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
This updated version of Power Tools (ALA Editions, 1998) can be described as a survival kit for school library media specialists. The collection of handouts, forms, and presentations provides templates for the variety of paperwork needed to run a library media center. Divided into sections dealing with communication, administration, evaluation, and instruction, the guide runs the gamut from brochures for introducing the program to administrators and teachers to documents offering advice on weeding and shelving. Assessment tools include reading interest surveys and organizers for creating snapshots of library use. Instructional materials cover topics such as Big6, MLA bibliographic style, library skills, and research. Also included are six PowerPoint presentations that explore plagiarism, the role of teacher librarians, online searching, in-depth research, databases, and Web site evaluation. In addition to hardcopy, Valenza also provides a CD-Rom containing the content of the book. Most of the documents are in Microsoft Word format and can be modified for individual situations. The remaining documents are Adobe PDF files and are more difficult to manipulate. Unless they suit the reader's purpose "as is," their usefulness will be more limited. Few professionals would use this collection in its entirety; however, much of it will prove useful to school library media specialists for grades K-12 and to the administrators, faculty, parents and students they serve. The templates are not only time saving, but also starting points for those needing to establish their program. For experienced users, this collection provides new ideas and new approaches. 2004, ALA Editions, 320p.; Illus. Charts.Appendix., pb. Ages adult professional.
—Christine Sanderson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838908808
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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