The School Library Manager, 5th Edition

by Blanche Woolls, Ann C. Weeks, and Sharon Coatney

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December 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 277
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Management and Administration/General
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This very readable text is updated to encompass the new role of school librarians in managing the digital world in libraries.

This textbook is simply the ideal guide for preservice school librarians and those new to the field. After a brief introduction that describes the history of the role of the school librarian, the book covers how to choose a credential program, identify the requirements for working in each of the 50 states, and avoid the pitfalls of looking for and choosing a job. The text even supplies a first-week "survival guide" for excelling in that new position from the beginning, covering the challenges of successfully managing collections, facilities, personnel, and technology. Critical subject matter such as librarian/teacher collaboration, curriculum integration, proposal writing, tackling leadership, and the role of a school librarian in the legislative process are addressed as well. This latest version of this established, "go-to" text provides updated coverage of student learning assessment, supplies new information on managing digital and virtual libraries and collections as well as social media in the library media center, and supplies careful attention to key strategies to meet AASL and Common Core standards.


  • Presents up-to-date information and thorough revisions of a well-established and popular textbook
  • Highlights the teaching role of today's school librarian
  • Emphasizes the newest AASL standards, the Common Core standards, and the management of 21st-century digital and virtual libraries and collections
  • Supplies comprehensive coverage of current issues in school library media center administration
Author Info

Blanche Woolls is director and professor emerita, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University; and past president of the AASL and IASL.

Ann C. Weeks, PhD, is associate dean for academic programs at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies (CLIS). She also holds an affiliate appointment in the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and a professorship in the University of Maryland CLIS. Previously, Weeks was director of libraries and information services for Chicago Public Schools, and executive director of multiple divisions of the American Library Association.

Sharon Coatney is senior acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited and was a past president of the American Association of School Librarians, a former councilor-at-large of the American Library Association, and was a teacher and school librarian in Kansas for 30 years.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: The School Library Media Center in Today’s Global Environment Chapter 2: School Library Media Centers Today Chapter 3: Becoming a School Library Media Specialist Chapter 4: Choosing and Beginning the Job Chapter 5: On the Job: Managing the Media Center Program Chapter 6: On the Job: Managing Collaboration, Teaching, Reading Chapter 7: On the Job: Managing Access to Information Chapter 8: On the Job: Managing the Facility Chapter 9: On the Job: Managing Personnel Chapter 10: On the Job: Managing the Budget Chapter 11: On the Job: Managing Program Evaluation and Assessment Chapter 12: On the Job: Cooperation, Networking, and Social Networking Chapter 13: On the Job: Advocacy and Leadership Chapter 14: On the Job: Professional Associations Appendix A: Writing a Technology Plan Appendix B: Sample Letter of Application Appendix C: Questionnaire Appendix D: Presentation of a Five-Year Long-Range Plan Appendix E: Volunteers Appendix F: ALA Intellectual Freedom Policy Statements Appendix G: Publications List

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