Evaluating the School Library Media Center: Analysis Techniques and Research Practices

Evaluating the School Library Media Center: Analysis Techniques and Research Practices

Author: Nancy Everhart

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313022678

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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Everhart provides practical guidelines and ready-to-use forms for evaluating a school library media center, as well as important results derived in other studies. She includes qualitative and quantitative techniques for the areas of curriculum, personnel, facilities, collections, usage, and technology. She also gives step-by-step instructions on how to create in-house surveys, conduct interviews, and use observation to gather useful data. Conduct research, collect statistics, and evaluate your program with this useful resource. Everhart provides practical guidelines and ready-to-use forms for evaluating a school library media center, as well as important results derived in other studies. She includes qualitative and quantitative techniques for the areas of curriculum, personnel, facilities, collections, usage, and technology. She also gives step-by-step instructions on how to create in-house surveys, conduct interviews, and use observation to gather useful data. For example, there are directions on how to assess information literacy with rubrics. In addition, each chapter gives detailed references, a list of further readings, applicable Web sites, and dissertations. A quick and easy guide to justifying and supporting your SLMC operations and effectiveness, this book is invaluable to all school library media specialists. It will also be of interest to school library media supervisors and researchers.

American Public School Librarianship

American Public School Librarianship

Author: Wayne A. Wiegand

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421441511

Category: Education

Page: 373

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The first comprehensive history of American public school librarianship. "Can I get a library pass?" Over the past 120 years, millions of American K–12 public school students have asked that question. Still, we know little about the history of public school libraries, which over the decades were pulled together and managed by hundreds of thousands of school librarians. In American Public School Librarianship, Wayne A. Wiegand recounts the unseen history of both school libraries and their librarians. Why, Wiegand asks, did school librarianship turn out the way it did? And what can its history tell us about limitations and opportunities in the coming decades of the twenty-first century? Addressing issues of race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation (among others) as they affected American public school librarianship throughout its history, Wiegand explores how libraries were transformed by the Great Depression, the civil rights era, Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs, and more recent legislation like No Child Left Behind, Common Core, and the Every Student Succeeds Act. Wiegand touches on censorship, the impact of school segregation on school libraries, disparities in funding that fall along lines of race and class, the development of school librarianship as a profession, the history of organizations like the American Association for School Librarians, and how emerging technologies affected school librarianship. Wiegand clarifies the historical role of the school librarian as an opponent of censorship and defender of intellectual freedom. He also analyzes the politics of a female-dominated school library profession, identifies and evaluates the profession's major players and their battles (often against patriarchy), and challenges the priorities of librarianship's current agendas, particularly regarding the role of "reading" in the everyday lives of children and young adults. Filling a huge void in the history of education, American Public School Librarianship provides essential background information to members of the nation's school library and educational communities who are charged with supervising and managing America's 80,000 public school libraries.

A Braided Cord

A Braided Cord

Author: Mary Virginia Gaver

Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN: UCAL:B4216704

Category: Bibliothèques scolaires - Administration - Histoire - 20e siècle

Page: 264

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The author, former president of the New Jersey Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the American Library Association, discusses her career and shares her opinions on issues in librarianship.

Managing and Analyzing Your Collection

Managing and Analyzing Your Collection

Author: Carol A. Doll

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 0838908217

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 108

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Calculations and formulas are presented to help librarians gather statistics for analysis and management of the collection. Using measures of timeliness, relevancy, use percentages, user profiles, and comparisons, librarians can determine in quantitative ways the quality of a library's collection. Step-by-step directions show how to analyze data produced by automated systems, conduct random sampling, evaluate all types of information formats, and estimate the cost of updating the collection. Doll teaches in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Wayne University. Barron teaches in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina. There is no subject index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR