"This Handbook is the one-stop resource for everything related to the school library media center. Inside this reference, readers will find essential facts, thought-provoking articles, checklists, organization contact information, trivia, advice from the field's experts - everything the librarian wants and needs to know to run a successful school library program." "With expert advice dealing with the unique environment of the school library, this book features a listing of the top leaders in the school library profession, ways to get the attention of power brokers and decision makers, and resources and strategies to facilitate collaboration with teachers." School librarians will use this book again and again for information specifically tailored to their unique needs. LIS students will also benefit from this comprehensive resource, which acts as the perfect introduction to the world of the school library. Featuring information on fundraising, grant writing, flexible scheduling, promoting the school library, and advocating its value in the school community, The Whole School Library Handbook is the must-have guide for your school library media center.
Over 100 recently published articles are reprinted in this well-organized compilation. Grouped sequentially by subject, the articles are each written by an expert or practitioner working in the field. Patterned on George Eberhart's classic series "Whole Library Handbooks" (ALA), these articles have been culled from books and professional publications dealing specifically with library issues. Most chapters open with an introduction gleaned from ALA's Information Power (1998). The history segment spotlights (with photos when possible) about 50 school librarians instrumental in bringing school libraries into the 21st century. The materials chapter digs into selection, security, and audience issues. Program, promotion, and funding issues are covered nicely, as are topics relating to copyright and general intellectual freedom, libraries and test score data, and access. Nuggets of gold can be unearthed here by reading pieces by in-the-trenches school librarians. The multiple acronyms listed up front are helpful, and the list of school library-related periodicals is comprehensive, as is the index. A useful reference tool.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.