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

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School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Successful Collaboration was inspired by the authors' collective realization that far too often librarians and technology specialists fail to collaborate successfully, and sometimes even find their groups at odds with one another. This book is the antidote: it is a powerful call to establish and improve relationships between the two for the benefit of the students as well as the librarians and technology ...

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Overview

School Librarians and the Technology Department: A Practical Guide to Successful Collaboration was inspired by the authors' collective realization that far too often librarians and technology specialists fail to collaborate successfully, and sometimes even find their groups at odds with one another. This book is the antidote: it is a powerful call to establish and improve relationships between the two for the benefit of the students as well as the librarians and technology specialists themselves.

The book begins by providing background information about the history of librarianship and the use of computer technology in schools. The authors trace the origins of the positions related to educational technology, such as "technology specialist," "teacher," and "director." The following chapters describe and address specific concerns of both librarians and technology specialists. Most importantly, this collaborative work offers practical suggestions for cooperation between these two groups of educators as they work together to offer the best possible materials and instructions to students. School Librarians and the Technology Department concludes by hypothesizing what the future holds in the realms of librarianship and technology in this rapidly changing information age.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586835392
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/8/2013
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,007,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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