Quality Professional Education

Article excerpt

Research Finding:

Information power: Building partnerships for learning (ALA, 1998) provides guidance for the development of effective programs for the preparation of teacher-librarians.

Comment:

Information power identifies three functional areas within the teacher-librarian's [library media specialist's] role--learning and teaching; program administrator; information access and delivery. The former two areas present unique challenges for educating teacher-librarians (TLs) while the latter has long been a strength of TLs and preparation programs.

Within "learning and teaching", curricular emphases should include learning theory, information literacy, curriculum/ instructional design, the use of technology for instruction, teaching skills, reading/literacy, assessment of student performance and attention to special needs/diversity.

Within "program administration", curricular emphases should include communications/public relations, management, policy and political issues, budgets and funding, and attention to professional development, both as a personal obligation of the TL and in terms of the TL's role as a staff developer for colleagues. …