ERIC Number: ED404997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
What Principals Should Know about Library Media Centers.
Wilson, Patricia J.; Blake, Martha
Streamlined Seminar, v12 n3 Dec 1993
A national survey of 1,000 principals and 1,000 school media specialists indicates that principals have very little knowledge about what really happens in the school library media center. Ten statements are presented to enable readers to test their own knowledge about library media centers. The responses make it clear that principals have had little training about media centers and have little knowledge of what skills librarians have acquired. The multiple tasks the media specialist performs are highlighted. Most principals wait until an accreditation visit is scheduled before turning their attention to the library, but library evaluation should be an ongoing process. Ten suggestions are given for ways to learn more about the media center. They include visits with other schools and regular discussions with the media specialist about the center's activities. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Media, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Job Skills, Knowledge Level, Learning Resources Centers, Library Role, Library Services, Media Specialists, Principals, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Libraries, Surveys, Training
Educational Products, National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50 single copies, $2 each for 10 or more, Virginia residents add 4.5% sale tax).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Article based on "Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs," see ED 315 026.