ERIC Number: ED243889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Learning at Risk: School Library Media Programs in an Information World.
Liesener, James W.
The critical and central role of school library media programs in equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete successfully in a learning society and an information world was explored. An analysis of patterns of information seekers' behavior provided the basis for a discussion of the importance of considering the proximity or availability of information sources, the time and energy required to find and use information, and perceptions of how much information is needed. The primary function performed by the school library media specialist or program was viewed as a mediation function. In this function, the specialist acts as an intermediary between the complex and rapidly expanding information world and the client. This intermediary function is performed in different ways. The provision of access to materials, equipment, and space is the most clearly perceived group of services provided by school library media programs. Further services to the information seeker include reference or information services, providing materials and assistance, instructing, and consulting. A discussion is presented on the problems facing the library media specialist and the fundamental components of a training program for school library media specialists. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Center for Libraries and Education Improvement.