Farmer, a professor of library media technology at California State University, Long Beach, makes a convincing case here that creating partnerships is essential for school media specialists, and she shows how to go about establishing successful collaborative relationships. She begins by describing the learning community and the importance of incorporating information literacy into teaching; she discusses technology as a means and as an end; she covers how to team up with school members, families, institutes of higher learning, libraries, community agencies, professional organizations, and business, among other topics. In each case she incorporates case studies and helpful examples of proposals and projects. Carefully organized for clarity, this up-to-date guide to forming valuable alliances will be helpful for school media specialists at all levels. KLIATT Codes: n/a 2001, Libraries Unltd, 206p. tables. bibliog. index., $32.50. Ages adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
Called by many names-collaboration, networking, coalition building-the goal remains the same: to establish partnerships to create a true learning community. Farmer explores all aspects of establishing these relationships and provides theoretical foundations plus hands-on guidance to work effectively with groups. The substance of the information is based on research, case studies, standards of AASL and AECT, and experience in the field. The "Close Up" section in the second chapter includes teaching and learning activities; the research processes; and information access, delivery, and program administration. One chapter is devoted to collaboration with teachers; teaming with other librarians, professional organizations, administrators, families, community agencies, businesses, and institutes of higher learning is also addressed. Although some of the material is found in other sources, and the text is dense, this is an important book because it draws together the many facets of collaboration and provides practical ideas for working with the diversity of groups. This book will also serve librarians as they develop proposals for the new federal legislation funding libraries, which emphasizes the importance of collaborating with all the groups identified by the author. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.