ERIC Number: ED243885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Alliance for Excellence: Librarians Respond to "A Nation at Risk." Recommendations and Strategies from Libraries and the Learning Society.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Center for Libraries and Education Improvement.
In response to the National Commission on Excellence in Education's Report, "A Nation at Risk," the Department of Education's Center for Libraries and Education Improvement, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, invited leaders in the library and information science community to a meeting in September 1983 to help launch a project to be known as "Libraries and the Learning Society." Four seminars, held in different United States cities, examined how public libraries, academic libraries, library and information science training institutions, and school library media centers could best respond to "A Nation at Risk." The fifth seminar dealt with ways in which libraries should come together to link their resources to help create a Learning Society. Based upon seminar participant responses to issue papers, 13 recommendations were identified, concerning: (1) teaching of effective use of information resources in elementary and secondary schools; (2) high quality library services and resources for all elementary and secondary schools; (3) more vigorous and measurable standards for school library media services; (4) open libraries for students and area residents; (5) library collections to inform librarians and educators about recent developments in their respective fields; (6) a broad general education for future school media specialists; (7) competitive salaries for media specialists; (8) school administrator and teacher candidates' knowledge about the role of a media center; (9) providing a versatile, resourceful advisory service in all libraries; (10) library activity in adult literacy education programs; (11) assessment of libraries' ability to respond to proposals for excellence in education and lifelong learning; (12) development of plans by libraries to share their resources; and (13) reform and refinement of recruitment, preparation, and continuing education of librarians and information scientists. (JMK)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Libraries, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Science, Information Services, Learning Resources Centers, Librarians, Library Cooperation, Library Education, Library Instruction, Library Role, Library Services, Lifelong Learning, School Libraries
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Media Staff; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Center for Libraries and Education Improvement.
Identifiers: Libraries and the Learning Society; Nation at Risk (A); National Commission on Excellence in Education
Note: For the five issue papers that preceded this final project report, see SP 024 902-906.