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School Reform and the School Library Media Specialist


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This third entry in the Principles and Practice series focuses on the role of the library media specialist as a change agent in the school. Grades K-12.

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Sandra Hughes-Hassell is associate professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her 20-year career, she has also been an elementary school teacher, a school library media specialist, and director of the Philadelphia Library Power Project. In her current research and teaching, she focuses on resources and services to youth and the instructional role of the information specialist.Violet H. Harada is professor of library and information science at the University of Hawaii where she also coordinates the specialization for school library media preparation. In her 35-year career she has been a secondary English teacher, an elementary school library media specialist, a state level administrator, and a curriculum designer. In her current research and publications, she focuses on inquiry-based approaches to information seeking and use and on the dynamics of collaborative instruction. With Joan M. Yoshina, she is the co-author of Assessing Learning from Libraries Unlimited.


"I consider this collection of essays about moving school libraries into the 21st century the most important school library book of 2007. It is important to read and talk about this book and take action." - Teacher Librarian
"Change is the constant in today's educational institutions, and this resource supplies the tools and methodology needed to enable school librarians to become skilled change agents....The authors provide an excellent resource for all school library media specialists. Every chapter deals with cutting-edge concerns for today's schools, and the authors deal with the topics in clear, concise prose, presenting constructive information and concrete examples....Whether a librarian wishes to become a change agent or wants to understand and effectively deal with change, this book is a superb information source." - VOYA
"Beginning with an explanation of what a change agent is and moving through such topics as evidence based practice and standards based education, this professional selection gives an excellent overview of how library media specialists can not only keep up with current educational thought, but also lead the way to better schools....The theme of constant improvement in all areas comes through very strongly. The book provides not only the why, but also the how. Index. Recommended." - Library Media Connection
"This volume covers critical issues impacting school libraries today and offers practical solutions to meet these challenges....[T]his volume will empower current and future school librarians as they embrace its guidelines." - School Library Journal
"A solid resource for professional development." - Booklist
"To date, this collection of essays about essential directions in the school library media programs is the most significant contribution of the year. Taking important topics of school reform into account, renowned authors in the field weigh in on the directions that library media professional must move to stay relevant....The book is an experience in top-notch professional development, and its message is a critical one--get serious about pushing the envelope toward significant contributions to teaching and learning....Do not pause. Order your copy today. But more important, read it, talk with colleagues about it, and take action." - Teacher Librarian

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