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ERIC Number: ED390589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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A Critical Relationship: Rural and Small School Principals and Librarians.
Pearson, Richard C.
Effective library instruction and library services in rural or small schools often depend upon the personalities of and working relationships between library personnel and the school principal. Confrontations between rural- and small-school principals and library specialists generally fall into two categories of precipitating situation: censorship ordered by the principal to accommodate complaints from parents or school board members, and retrenchment of staff or services due to funding problems. Both categories stem from the same problem, a lack of understanding by the school principal of the library's role in the educational process. This lack of understanding and the resulting communication gap between the principal and librarian come about because administrator education programs seldom cover the role and services of the school library. Thus, the school librarian must take on the responsibility of demonstrating by practical application the value of library instruction and the library itself. Tips to the school librarian for establishing a good relationship with the principal include showcasing the positive aspects of the library program, incorporating possible solutions into any contacts about library problems, making sure that the principal is totally knowledgeable about the library program, and providing various services that make the library indispensable to the school and community. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Librarian Administrator Relationship