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The principal's guide to a powerful library media program : a school library for the 21st century

2nd ed
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Linworth, c2010
Physical Description:
xxviii, 149 p. : ill ; 24 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Instructional leadership, research, and standards for library media programs -- Effective practices in integrating the library media program across the school and curriculum -- Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the library media specialist -- The principal's role in supporting and sustaining the library media program -- Continuous improvement and the library media program -- Apendix A. Administrator self assessments for important chapter concepts -- Appendix B. Evaluating collaborative units of instruction -- Appendix C. Providing access to materials through the library's catalog (cataloging and circulation) -- Appendix D. Library media specialist interview questions -- Appendix E. Paraprofessional interview questions -- Appendix F. Library media program budget proposal worksheet -- Appendix G. Library media program budget worksheet -- Appendix H. Library walk-about checklist -- Appendix I. Library media specialist instructional activities feedback form -- Appendix J. Administrator's library media program feedback form -- Appendix K. Guide sheets for library self study : budgeting, scheduling and usage, and staffing -- Appendix L. Action research as a tool for improvement -- Appendix M. GEAR worksheets for concepts in chapters 2 and 3, including blank worksheet
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This book of best practices documents how school administrators and librarians can work together to optimize their library media services.

* Includes a collection of practical tools, such as a library walkabout description and form, a list of administrative enablers and inhibitors, GEAR process documentation and worksheets, administrator self-assessments in each chapter, planning paperwork for budgeting, scheduling, staffing, and feedback forms for the administrator and the library media specialist

* Each chapter concludes with a comprehensive list of additional resources

* Contains 13 helpful appendices sections

Author Notes

Marla W. McGhee, PhD, is associate professor and director of educational leadership licensure programs at Lewis Clark College in Portland, OR. She holds degrees in education from Texas Tech University and from the University of Texas at Austin. Her works appear in such publications as Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Administration Quarterly, the Journal of School Leadership, and Library Media Connection.
Barbara A. Jansen is chair of 1-12 instructional technology and upper school librarian at St. Andrew's Episcopal Upper School in Austin, TX. She holds a BS, MEd, and MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Her published works include Linworth's The Big6 in Middle School: Teaching Information and Communications Technology Skills and The Big6 Goes Primary!: Teaching Information and Communications Technology Skills in the K-3 Curriculum. Jansen coauthored Linworth's Teaching Information Technology Skills: The Big6 in Elementary Schools.

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School Library Journal Review

With focused and well-organized topics from understanding the research and standards to supporting and sustaining them through collaborative processes, this revised edition (Linworth, 2005) offers a great deal of concrete information. The first chapter asks, "What is instructional leadership?" Literacy is addressed, and principals empowering their librarians as partners in a leadership role is advocated. This book gives administrators a clear idea of what is required in the media center and the role of the librarian as a specialist and not just a dispenser of information in a routine capacity. The next chapter addresses collaboration at multiple levels and the obstacles that arise in the process. The authors point out that principals foster greater support for media specialists when they understand the professional activities outside the walls of the library, the noninstructional duties required, and the need for 21st-century tools to get the job done. Principals' expectations and evaluation of media specialists are discussed in later chapters. Finally, the issue of continued involvement is addressed. While the book is written with school librarians and principals as the primary readers, it can be adapted for public librarians to create open communication between both entities. Overall, an excellent choice for the professional media specialist's or principal's shelf.-Donna Marie Wagner, George West High School Library, TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

In 5 chapters and 13 appendixes, McGhee and Jansen cover what we would all like our principals to know about school libraries. Each of the chapters begins with guiding questions and an introduction and ends with a summary of essential concepts, steps for getting started, works cited, and additional resources. Chapter 1 focuses on instructional leadership, research, and standards for libraries (e.g., supporting the taught and tested curriculum ). Chapter 2 covers effective practices in integrating the library media program across the school and curriculum. Chapter 3 moves to understanding the roles and responsibilities of the library media specialist. Chapter 4 examines the principal's role in supporting and sustaining the library media program, including staffing and budgeting; and chapter 5 advocates for continuous improvement of the library media program. One hopes this edition, like the widely recommended first edition (2005), will reach administrators at all levels of a school district. Great ideas on how to begin a dialogue with your principal. Many of the documents and forms are on a CD that comes with the book.--Sinofsky, Esther Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Robert E. BerkowitzCarl D. Glickman
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Authorsp. xv
Table of Figuresp. xvii
Contents of CDp. xix
Forewordp. xxi
Forewordp. xxiii
Introductionp. xxv
About Language and Levels of Practicep. xxvi
What Is Includedp. xxvii
Works Citedp. xxviii
Chapter 1 Instructional Leadership, Research, and Standards for Library Media Programsp. 1
Guiding Questionsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Principals and Assistant Principals as Instructional Leadersp. 2
The Library Media Specialist, the Library Media Center, and Student Performancep. 5
Supporting the Taught and Tested Curriculump. 7
National Guidelines and State Standards for Library Media Programsp. 9
Essential Concepts for This Chapterp. 12
Planning for Action and Getting Startedp. 12
Works Citedp. 13
Additional Resourcesp. 13
Chapter 2 Effective Practices in Integrating the Library Media Program Across the School and Curriculump. 15
Guiding Questionsp. 15
Introductionp. 15
Learning Standardsp. 16
Information Search Processp. 18
Collaborationp. 18
Reasons for Collaborationp. 19
Expertisep. 19
Curriculump. 19
Benefits to Studentsp. 20
Levels of Collaborationp. 20
Steps to Effective Collaborationp. 20
Planningp. 20
Direct Instructionp. 21
Assessment of Student Process and Resultsp. 22
Evaluationp. 22
Obstacles to Collaborationp. 22
Emphasis on Testingp. 22
Schedulingp. 23
Timep. 23
Perceptionsp. 23
Outdated Practicesp. 23
Selected Examples of Full Integration across the Curriculump. 24
Primary Grade Science and Social Studiesp. 24
Intermediate Grade Sciencep. 25
Intermediate Social Studies and Language Artsp. 26
Middle School Grade Mathp. 27
Middle School Healthp. 27
High School Social Studies and Language Artsp. 28
High School Art Historyp. 29
High School Environmental Science and English Compositionp. 30
Promoting Reading, Writing, and Visual Literacyp. 31
Ethical Issues and the Library Media Programp. 32
Promoting Intellectual Freedom through the Library Media Programp. 32
Equal Access to Ideas and Informationp. 33
Copyright and Plagiarismp. 34
Essential Concepts for This Chapterp. 35
Planning for Action and Getting Startedp. 35
Works Citedp. 36
Additional Resourcesp. 36
Chapter 3 Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of the Library Media Specialistp. 39
Guiding Questionsp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Instructional Partnershipp. 41
Information Specialistp. 42
Automating Access to Materialsp. 44
Access to On-Shelf Materials and Subscription Databasesp. 44
Bibliographic Instructionp. 45
Professional Productivityp. 46
Noninstructional Technology Dutiesp. 47
Audio and Photography Equipmentp. 47
Literacy Programmerp. 48
Reader Guidancep. 49
Text Levelingp. 49
Collection Developerp. 50
Developing a Culturally Responsive Collectionp. 51
Materials Selection Policyp. 52
Addressing Challenges to Books and Materialsp. 52
Program Administratorp. 53
Maintaining the Collectionp. 53
Providing Access to Materials through the Library's Online Catalog and Circulation Systemp. 54
Library Volunteer Programp. 54
Communicating with Public Libraries That Serve the School's Attendance Areap. 56
Focusing on Prioritiesp. 57
Essential Concepts for This Chapterp. 57
Planning for Action and Getting Startedp. 57
Works Citedp. 59
Additional Resourcesp. 59
Chapter 4 The Principal's Role in Supporting and Sustaining the Library Media Programp. 63
Guiding Questionsp. 63
Introductionp. 63
Staffing the Library Media Program and Hiring a Library Media Specialistp. 64
Questions for Interviewing a Library Media Specialistp. 65
Hiring a Paraprofessionalp. 66
Appraising the Library Media Staffp. 68
Budgeting for the Library Media Programp. 69
Scheduling for an Effective Programp. 70
Disadvantages of a Fixed Schedulep. 71
Advantages of a Fixed schedulep. 72
Advantages of a Flexible Schedulep. 72
How Does Flexible Scheduling Work?p. 72
Moving from Fixed to Flexible Schedulingp. 74
Optimizing a Fixed Schedulep. 75
Library Media Center Facilitiesp. 75
Lighting and Electrical Outletsp. 75
Wireless Accessp. 76
Signagep. 76
Bookshelvesp. 76
Seating Area for Pleasure Readingp. 76
Instructional Areap. 76
Story Time and Presentation Areap. 77
Computer Tablesp. 77
Circulation Deskp. 77
Décorp. 77
Book Displaysp. 77
Library Media Specialist's Office and Work Spacep. 78
Work Space for Studentsp. 78
Storage Roomp. 78
Open Spacep. 78
Advocacy for the Library Media Programp. 78
Essential Concepts for This Chapterp. 81
Planning for Action and Getting Startedp. 81
Works Citedp. 81
Additional Resourcesp. 82
Chapter 5 Continuous Improvement and the Library Media Programp. 85
Guiding Questionsp. 85
Introductionp. 85
Characteristics of Effective Professional Developmentp. 86
The Principal's Role in Professional Developmentp. 87
Professional Development for the Library Media Specialistp. 90
Library Media Specialist as a Professional Developerp. 92
Content of Professional Development Conducted by the Library Media Specialistp. 93
Professional Growth for the Paraprofessionalp. 94
Providing Support through Supervisionp. 95
Crafting and Conducting a Program Evaluation or Self Studyp. 97
Action Research as a Tool for Improvementp. 98
GEARing Up for Success: An Action Improvement Model for Library Media Specialistsp. 99
Steps of the GEAR Methodp. 99
Gather Informationp. 99
Establish Goalsp. 99
Apply Strategiesp. 99
Reflectp. 100
Successfully Applying the GEAR Methodp. 100
Scenariop. 100
Gather Datap. 100
Establish Goalsp. 100
Apply Strategiesp. 100
Reflectp. 100
Essential Concepts for This Chapterp. 101
Planning for Action and Getting Startedp. 101
Works Citedp. 101
Additional Resourcesp. 102
Appendix A Administrator Self Assessments for Important Chapter Conceptsp. 103
Appendix B Evaluating Collaborative Units of Instructionp. 108
Appendix C Providing Access to Materials through the Library's Catalog (Cataloging and Circulation)p. 111
Appendix D Library Media Specialist Interview Questionsp. 114
Appendix E Paraprofessional Interview Questionsp. 116
Appendix F Library Media Program Budget Proposal Worksheetp. 118
Appendix G Library Media Program Budget Worksheetp. 120
Appendix H Library Walk-About Checklistp. 122
Appendix I Library Media Specialist Instructional Activities Feedback Formp. 125
Appendix J Administrator's Library Media Program Feedback Formp. 127
Appendix K Guide Sheets for Library Self Study-Budgeting, Scheduling and Usage, and Staffingp. 129
Appendix L Action Research as a Tool for Improvementp. 133
Appendix M GEAR Worksheets for Concepts in Chapters 2 and 3, Including Blank Worksheetp. 135
Indexp. 139