The Emerging School Library Media Center: Historical Issues and Perspectives / Edition 1

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The school library media center is a relatively recent phenomenon. Its development throughout the 20th century has not always been predictable or peaceful, but neither has it been static or dull. Through personal and objective perspectives, this book relates the often turbulent history of the school library movement to times of rapid change. The authors address the mission of the school library program and how its realization has been shaped by professional organizations, standards and guidelines, accreditation associations, the education of library media specialists, collection development, evaluation, instruction, research, and technology applications. The relationship of the program to educational paradigms and to local, national, and international partnerships is also discussed. Students and instructors in school library media programs will find this work essential, and practicing library media specialists will find it a fascinating professional read.

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School Library Journal
A complete, detailed look at the history and development of school libraries. Self-contained chapters include historical accounts of the development of school libraries, the certification process, media-center standards and guidelines, resources and tools for collection development, and the history of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Other chapters examine the impact of technology and internationalization on media centers. Unfortunately, they were written before the publication of the latest edition of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (ALA, 1998); thus, that information and perspective are not included. Additional features include a list of library-related abbreviations and acronyms and a chronology of significant events in school librarianship. An excellent choice primarily for professional collections on library education.-Jessica Foster, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Provides an understanding of the history and development of school library media programming through 13 contributions which address: how its realization has shaped and been shaped by professional organizations; standards and guidelines; accreditation associations; the preparation of library media specialists; collection development, evaluation, instruction, and research; the application of technology; and the relationship of the program to educational paradigms and to local, national, and international partnerships. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563083891
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHY HOWARD LATROBE is Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, Norman.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms
The Education of School Librarians 1
School Libraries and the Progressive Movement: A Study of the Role of the Librarian in Implementing Progressive Education (1900-1957) 17
The School Library Media Specialist and Intellectual Freedom During the Twentieth Century 39
A History of School Library Media Center Collection Development 57
The Way We Were and How It Was: 1945-1970 75
History of the Research on Issues Related to School Library Media Programs and Services 1925-1995 91
Determining Value: Library Media Programs and Evaluation 137
School Library Media Standards and Guidelines: A Review of Their Significance and Impact 153
The History of School Library Media State Certification 195
The History of the American Association of School Librarians. Part I: Origins and Development, 1896-1951 207
School Librarianship and Instructional Design: A History Intertwined 227
The Impact of Technology: Change and Innovation. An Autobiographical Narrative 239
Internationalization of the School Library Media Center 259
Chronology of Significant Events in School Librarianship 279
Index 283
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