Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Foundations for Effective School Library Media Programs

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Foundations for Effective School Library Media Programs

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Foundations For Effective School Library Media Programs

Ken Haycock, editor

This is an impressive collection of previously published articles concerning school librarianship. All thirty-nine papers originally appeared in the journal, Emergency Librarian; one third also appeared previously in The School Library Program in the Curriculum. Each article still merits reading (or rereading) and is as relevant today as it was when first published. However, the organization of this new collection makes this experience even more worthwhile.

The editor, Ken Haycock, has arranged the articles into seven parts: Foundations; School Context; Role Clarification; Information Literacy; Collaborative Planning and Teaching; Program Development; Accountability. Haycock is to be commended for conceptualizing the collection in this manner, and then for selecting such a fine assortment of articles for each of the various parts. The list of authors includes some of the most respected names in the field of school librarianship; their individual contributions to the professional literature are numerous and this resulting collective effort is very impressive.

Each part is introduced by a knowledgeable editor who manages to provide readers with succinct, yet thoughtful commentaries. These introductions are as highly recommended as the selected articles, as they create the necessary unifying dimension for this large collection. The fourth part of the collection is a good example of this fine editing. …

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