School Library Spaces
Just the Basics
by Written and Illustrated by Patricia A. Messner and Brenda S. Copeland
May 2011, 99pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-805-2
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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One of the many effects of the economic decline is the trend of eliminating school librarian positions in an effort to meet reduced budgets. As a result, aides and paraprofessionals are now tasked with running the libraries in many school districts. With qualified guidance by a certified school librarian, aides and paraprofessionals can provide basic services.

This easy-to-use guide will be invaluable to school librarians and district library professionals in training library aides and paraprofessionals to help set up and run a school library.

In this era of school libraries being set up and operated by paraprofessionals, volunteers, and other individuals with limited or no professional library training, this book provides invaluable information and guidance.

School Library Spaces: Just the Basics answers all of the “where do I begin?” questions in clear and simple language, covering library setup fundamentals such as organizing the space, placement and labeling, and the use of different types of shelving. Numerous diagrams, check lists, and resource lists that are invaluable for the novice professional are provided, as are management recommendations for those training and helping aides.


  • Includes illustrations of bulletin boards and library layouts as well as photographs of furniture and other library equipment
  • Provides signs that are ready to use and easy to copy
  • Presents a bibliography of websites and companies for sourcing products, supplies, and materials
  • Contains a list of books containing bulletin board ideas
  • Provides an index for easy reference to specific topics
Patricia A. Messner is elementary media specialist in the Lebanon City School District, Lebanon, OH, a position she has held since 1989. She earned her masters of education degree from Miami University and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Asbury College.

Brenda S. Copeland is an elementary librarian in Palmyra School District, Palmyra, PA, where she has worked since 1996. She earned her masters of library science degree from Kutztown University and her bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of Delaware.

Books written by these authors include Libraries Unlimited's Linking Picture Books to Standards, Collaborative Library Lessons for the Primary Grades, Using Picture Books to Teach Language Arts Standards in Grades 3–5, A Year of Picture Books, and Everyday Reading Incentives.
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