The Principal's Guide to a Powerful Library Media Program, 1st Edition

  • Marla W. McGhee
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  • ISBN-10: 1586833065
  • ISBN-13: 9781586833060
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2005 | Published/Released July 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2005

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With this tool, library media specialists can assist their principals in understanding how an exemplary school library program really works, and how important the library is to student achievement. This book provides media specialists with substantive information to help principals be effective practitioners and understand the influence a successful library media program has on students and teachers. Using their collective thirty years of experience, the authors -- a principal and media specialist -- draw heavily from their personal insights, experiences and anecdotes, as well as professional literature, related research, journal articles, site visits, and interviews with principals and library media specialists. You will also find information on the overarching philosophy guiding the practice of principals and library media specialists, best practices in the library program, the principal's role in managing the media center, and other pertinent topics.

Print publication date: 01/01/2005

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
Table of Contents.
Table of Figures.
Works Cited.
Overarching Philosophy—Instructional Leadership, Research, and Standards for Best Practice.
Guiding Questions.
Principals and Assistant Principals as Instructional Leaders.
The Library Media Specialist, the Library Media Center, and Student Performance.
Guidelines and Standards for Library Media Programs.
Chapter Summary.
Planning for Action and Getting Started.
Works Cited.
Additional Resources.
Effective Practices in Integrating the Library Media Program Across the School and Curriculum.
Guiding Questions.
Information Search Process.
Information Search Process Models.
Levels of Collaboration.
Selected Examples of Integration Across the Curriculum.
Ethical Issues and the Library Media Program.
Promoting Reading, Writing, and Visual Literacy.
Chapter Summary.
Planning for Action and Getting Started.
Works Cited.
Additional Resources.
Understanding the Responsibilities of the Library Media Specialist.
Guiding Questions.
Instructional Partnership.
Collection Development and Maintenance.
Library Programming for the Promotion of Literacy.
Reader Guidance.
Cataloging and Circulation of Materials.
Bibliographic Instruction.
Technology Training, Acquisition, and Support.
Library Volunteer Program.
Communicating with Public Libraries that Serve the School's Attendance Area.
Focusing on Priorities.
Chapter Summary.
Planning for Action and Getting Started.
Work Cited.
Additional Resources.
The Principal's Role in Supporting the Library Media Program.
Guiding Questions.
Hiring a Library Media Specialist.
Hiring a Paraprofessional.
Appraising the Library Media Staff.
Budgeting for the Library Media Program.
Scheduling for an Effective Program.
Library Media Center Facilities.
Advocacy for the Library Media Program.
Chapter Summary.
Planning for Action and Getting Started.
Works Cited.
Additional Resources.
Continuous Improvement Through Professional Development and Research.
Guiding Questions.
Characteristics of Effective Professional Development.
The Principal's Role in Professional Development.
Providing Support Through Supervision.
Professional Development for the Library Media Specialist.
Library Media Specialist as a Professional Developer.
Professional Growth for the Paraprofessional.
Action Research as a Tool for Improvement.
Chapter Summary.
Planning for Action and Getting Started.
Works Cited.
Additional Resources.
Instructional Unit Planning Guide.
Evaluating the Information Search Process Plan.
Guide to Integrating the Information Search Process with the Writing Process.
Quality Continuum of Instructional Time for Library Media Specialists.
Interviewing a Library Media Specialist.
Interviewing a Library Paraprofessional.
Budget Proposal Worksheet.
Annual Budget Worksheet.
Library Walk-About Checklist.
GEAR Method Planning Guide Worksheet for Concepts in Chapter Two.
GEAR Method Planning Guide Worksheet for Concepts in Chapter Three.
GEAR Method Planning Guide Worksheet.