ERIC Number: ED339352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Utah's School Library Media Programs: Empowering Students To Function Effectively in an Information World.
Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Arguing that the potential for helping to prepare Utah's children for the 21st Century lies in the school library media center and its program, this report begins by discussing what a school library media program is; how such a program prepares students for the future; and the necessary components of an effective library media program. Noting that an effective program provides instruction in library media skills, information access, and consultation services, the report briefly discusses different aspects of the school library media program, including personnel, books and library materials, technology, and facilities. Selected standards and the current status of library media programs in Utah are presented in question and answer format, and a concluding statement emphasizes the importance of quality library media programs, the critical need for support for such programs at all levels, and the need to implement the recommendations of this master plan. Recommendations are then presented for the Utah State Board of Education and Utah State Office of Education, the Utah State Legislature, and Utah school districts. Appended materials, which make up the major part of this report, include resolutions adopted by the Utah Parent-Teacher Association convention delegates in 1990 and by the Utah State House of Representatives in 1988 and 1989; a library media skills course description for levels K through 6; a sample of library media skills infusion into the language arts core for level seven; competencies necessary for library media certification; library media personnel designations; job descriptions for certificated school library media specialists and non-certificated library media personnel; and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges Standards for Accreditation for high schools, junior high/middle schools, and elementary schools. (DB)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Learning Resources Centers, Library Collections, Library Instruction, Library Materials, Library Services, Library Standards, Media Specialists, School Libraries, State Departments of Education, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Note: A report by the Library Media Master Plan Steering Committee. Photographs will copy poorly.