The Principal's Guide to a Powerful Library Media Program

The Principal's Guide to a Powerful Library Media Program

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Finally--a current tool that library media specialists can use to 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Worthington, United States
  • English
  • 1586831933
  • 9781586831936

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"This is a book that many in our profession would love to give to their principal, but why stop there? District administrators and board members would also find it an excellent introduction to the school library media program, its impact on student learning, and the components necessary for a vital, effective program. Authors Marla McGhee and Barbara Jansen cover standards and best practices, the many "hats" worn by library media specialists, professional development and action research, and the principal's role in supporting and improving library programs. Each chapter includes guiding questions that serve not only as an introduction to the discussion, but also show the administrator 'what's in it for me.' The chapter summaries, planning sections, and appendices further define the steps a principal can take to ensure a successful program, and the comprehensive works cited sections will lead to even more research, rationale, and recommendations. The authors have wisely packaged a wealth of information in a slim, accessible volume so as not to overwhelm busy administrators. How wonderful it would be if administration classes at the university level would adopt this book. Recommended." - Library Media Connection
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About Marla W. McGhee

Marla W. McGhee, PhD, is associate professor, Educational Leadership, Texas Christian University (TCU), Ft. Worth, TX.

Barbara A. Jansen is the chair of 1-12 Instructional Technology and Upper School Librarian at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, TX.
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