Monday, February 10, 2014

School Library Management

Messner, Patricia A., and Brenda S. Copeland. School Library Management: Just the Basics. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-59884-834-2

Publisher's Description
...Written in clear, simple language, this book provides information that will help an aide or paraprofessional manage a school library. Setting up and managing a library media center is a complex task best handled by a certified and experienced librarian, but the fact of the matter is that many school districts have had to cut librarian positions and are attempting to fill the gaps with aides...[This book] describes the step-by-step process of setting up the management processes in a school library and outlines easy management concepts that will guide aides through challenges like setting up activity centers and establishing rules for behavior. With over three decades of experience in librarianship between them, the authors cover topics such as student incentives and rewards; scheduling and supervising computer usage; circulation procedures; training materials for volunteers; passes, book marks, and other patterns; and privacy issues. This book can also serve as an effective training guide for district librarians responsible for training aides who are running multiple centers.

• Illustrations by the authors
• An index enables easy searching

• Serves as an invaluable resource for paraprofessionals or a first-year librarian
• Provides a step-by-step process for setting up the management of a school library and operating it
• Includes reproducibles and resources for many areas of the library operation