Thursday, January 24, 2013

Administering the School Library Media Center

Morris, Betty J. Administering the School Library Media Center. 5th ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2010.
ISBN: 978-1-59158-685-2  

Publisher's Description
School library administration presents a complicated challenge to professionals in the field, requiring constant adjustment to accommodate the proliferation of new technologies, as well as the latest standards and legislation focused on assessment of student learning. Every library media specialist needs an authoritative guide through this ongoing revolution in education.

This reference text provides a complete instructional overview of the workings of the library media center—from the basics of administration, budgeting, facilities management, organization, selection of materials, and staffing to explanations on how to promote information literacy and the value of digital tools like blogs, wikis, and podcasting.

Since the publication of the fourth edition of Administering the School Library Media Center in 2004, many changes have altered the landscape of school library administration: the implementation of NCLB legislation and the revision of AASL standards, just to mention two. The book is divided into 14 chapters, each devoted to a major topic in school library media management. This latest edition gives media specialists a roadmap for designing a school library that is functional and intellectually stimulating, while leading sources provide guidance for further research.