Connecting Libraries with Classrooms

The Curricular Roles of the Media Specialist, 2nd Edition

by Kay Bishop


The role and responsibilities of the library media specialist in the 21st century continue to expand. Since the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act, music education in many schools has declined or even been eliminated. An increasing percentage of students in the United States have a primary language other than English. Nearly every state now utilizes supplemental or full-time online programs for K–12 students.

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March 2011


Pages 122
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12

This book provides an in-depth exploration of the topics that are currently relevant in K–12 curricula, including the school librarian's role in dealing with these issues, collaborating with teachers, and connecting to classrooms.

This latest version of Connecting Libraries with Classrooms: The Curricular Roles of the Media Specialist is intended to help school librarians to collaborate with teachers in subject areas, meet the needs of special groups of students, and be fully aware of important educational trends.

The first chapter covers collaboration and partnerships within the school setting, providing a background for the subsequent subject matter. The balance of the book addresses the role of the school librarian in the modern K–12 curriculum. This information is organized into the curricula of reading, music, and English as a second language; three groups of special students (students with autism, highly mobile students, and LGBT students); and critical trends in education—Web 2.0, distance education, and inclusion. This resource is an invaluable aid for practicing school librarians and serve as a core textbook for preservice school librarians.


  • Includes a form that can be used by school librarians and teachers in collaborative projects
  • Provides four suggested activities for school librarians or preservice librarians in all ten chapters, totaling forty ideas
  • A bibliography provides recommended resources in three chapters: students with autism, highly mobile students, and LGBT students
  • An appendix supplies an extensive list of suggested readings and websites for each chapter


  • Presents invaluable information derived from research on the topics included in the book
  • Covers topics that currently are relevant and often controversial in K–12 schools in the United States and Canada
  • Supplies practical, hands-on ideas on how school librarians can actively participate in the K–12 curriculum
  • Provides four activity ideas with each chapter that will extend librarians' knowledge and experience with the topics
Author Info

Kay Bishop was associate professor of library and information studies at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. She wrote four books—two that address school librarianship—and wrote numerous journal articles about youth services in school and public libraries.



"This material will be a welcome addition to the Library Media Specialist's arsenal of resources to stay current and involved. I would suggest that this title sit beside you on your desk for quick reference."Library Media Connection

"Connecting Libraries with Classrooms is an invaluable resource for any education or library leader who wants to work to greater artistic literacy for their patrons and students."Midwest Book Review

"An excellent resource for school librarians in training. . . . Connecting Libraries with Classrooms is a useful book to have in the Teacher Reference section of the the school library."Fiction Focus

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