School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Successful Collaboration

School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Successful Collaboration

by Mary Ann Bell, James Van Roekel, Holly Weimar
     
 

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This handbook provides librarians and technology specialists with the tools to understand the issues and challenges related to their counterparts' jobs, and find ways to work together for the betterment of all concerned.

• Provides readers with a solid understanding of what school librarians do and what technology specialists do

• Clarifies the unique

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This handbook provides librarians and technology specialists with the tools to understand the issues and challenges related to their counterparts' jobs, and find ways to work together for the betterment of all concerned.

• Provides readers with a solid understanding of what school librarians do and what technology specialists do

• Clarifies the unique challenges, ethical concerns, and goals of both librarians and technology specialists

• Presents ways for both librarians and technology specialists to increase harmony and productivity as they work in concert to serve students

• Examines specific ways to work for the best interest of all patrons—both students and their teachers

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Kaitlin Connors
Beginning with an overview of the history and progression of technology in school libraries, this guide offers suggestions for school librarians/media specialists to work collaboratively and cohesively with technology staff to offer effective instructional methods and create a quality professional relationship. At times, the text seems dated or slightly condescending in its explanatory approach. For example, the second chapter defines what a school librarian is and what he or she does professionally. The guide does, however, offer useful tools and tips in relation to “successful collaboration.” Staff development project, reproducible surveys, and demonstrative explanations of how to “foster mutual respect” are all practical methods for bridging potential communication gaps for school library and technology personnel. One highlight is a small segment titled “Take a Hard Look in the Mirror,” which encourages staff to take personal responsibility. The only drawback of this section is its brevity. Further, the suggestions for incorporating technology and offering better opportunities for students are well thought out and thorough. Works cited lists appear at the end of every chapter, making it easy for readers to find articles, books, and other resources that may be beneficial in their search for more information. While this is not a definitive guide, it may be a good starting point. Reviewer: Kaitlin Connors; Ages adult professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586835392
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/08/2013
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.28(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Bell, EdD, is professor in the Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Holly Weimar, EdD, is associate professor in the Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

James Van Roekel, MLS, MA, is associate director of Lowman Student Center at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

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