Friday, May 21, 2010

Fundamentals of School Library Media Management

Martin, Barbara Stein, and Marco Zannier. Fundamentals of School Library Media Management: A How-To-Do-It Manual. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2009. ISBN: 9781555706562

Getting to know your work environment -- Setting goals -- Getting organized and managing time -- Communicating with stakeholders -- Locating and learning about important documents -- Staffing the library -- Working with your budget -- Circulating books and other materials -- Weeding and doing inventory -- Selecting books and other materials -- Ordering and processing books and other materials -- Organizing and arranging books -- Selecting databases and Web sites -- Creating your library's Web site (and more) -- Connecting library users to resources -- Learning the school's curriculum -- Collaborating with teachers -- Providing research instruction -- Offering special programming -- Evaluating and closing out the year -- Selected policy documents

From the publisher:
Uncover all of the critical information and guidance you'll need to adeptly manage any school library in this valuable new resource. Co-authors Barbara Stein Martin, an experienced professor of school librarianship, and accomplished school librarian Marco Zannier present a practical tool to help you fully understand and confidently master the extensive services and skills involved in this always-evolving profession.

Equally effective when read from cover to cover or used as a quick-reference handbook, you’ll first learn to build a strong professional foundation through a helpful explanation of the basics, like setting goals, organization and time management, communication with stakeholders and a list of important professional documents. Read on to succeed in each one of the three major roles you’ll adopt as a school librarian, including:

• Administrator, with instruction in budgeting, circulation and inventory
• Information Specialist, which covers material selection, ordering, processing and arranging, databases and web sites and references
• Teacher and Instructional Specialist, with guidance for teaching your school’s curriculum, research assistance, collaboration and programming

Examples of best practices for each role are accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams and images, and a ready-to-reference directory of essential sources and suppliers is packed with forms, resource lists and URL links to use again and again.