Magazine article American Libraries

Ga. Media Specialists Fight to Keep Info Power in Force

Magazine article American Libraries

Ga. Media Specialists Fight to Keep Info Power in Force

Article excerpt

Embattled school librarians in Georgia have deluged the State Department of Education with some 600 letters protesting a proposal to downgrade permanent certification requirements from an MLS to a BA in media.

In the fall 1988 issue of Georgia Librarian, editor Joyce Lincoln called the department's plan an effort "to downgrade the position and certification of school library media specialist in our state from librarians and teachers into something resembling a glorified technician."

Ironically, argues Joyce Durant, president of the Georgia Library Media Association, state standards adopted in 1978 mirror those set forth in ALA's 1988 guidelines for library media specialists, Information Power.

Georgia's 1978 standards require that entry-level school librarians prove their eligibility to hold teacher certification in Georgia before they can obtain even provisional media specialist status. To receive permanent certification, provisional school librarians must earn MLS degrees.

According to Durant, officials in the department's Division of Educational Media believe that school librarians need more training in the new technologies than 1978 regulations require they obtain. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.