Forecasting the Future: School Media Programs in an Age of Change

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Scarecrow Press, 1999 - Education - 263 pages
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Library media specialists have traditionally been viewed in a number of different roles, from research advisor to science fiction expert, but primarily as the organizer and gatekeeper of the school's information resources, whether print or electronic. But the school library media specialist also plays the role of instructor, selecting appropriate materials for individual or group instruction, planning lessons, and team teaching with classroom teachers. This book examines the unique role of the library media specialist in a time of rapid change. Organized on the basis of selected principles for the media program, Forecasting the Future applies these principles within the context of the future of education. The authors draw on the day-to-day experiences of media specialists and supervisors to highlight the best practices in library media services and show how these practices will adapt as we move into a new century.
 

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Contents

Current School Library Media Programs
1
A Vision of Library Media Programs
32
Obstacles to Future Library Media Program Development
56
A New Vision for Library Media Programs
72
People Principles
86
Instruction and Collection Development Principles
103
Scheduling Principles
126
Planning and Evaluation Principles
144
Budgeting Principles
163
Facilities Principles
174
Technology Principles
198
High Reliability Principles
223
Appendix
258
Index
261
About the Authors
266
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About the author (1999)

\Kieth C. Wright is the chair of the Library and Information Studies Department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He has served as American Library Association Councilor for the North Carolina Library Association, and on the Committee on Standards, ALA. Judith F. Davie serves as the Media Specialist at the Hampton Year-Round School, Greensboro, North Carolina. She is the recipient of the North Carolina Association of School Librarians' Mary Peacock Douglas Award for outstanding contributions to school libraries, and the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award, American Association of School Librarians, ALA.