ERIC Number: ED438846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Findings from the Evaluation of the National Library Power Program. Executive Summary. An Initiative of the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
Zweizig, Douglas; Hopkins, Dianne McAfee
This document presents the executive summary of an evaluation of Library Power, a program of the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund to enhance and elevate the role of libraries in public schools. The report begins with an examination of Library Power's core components (collection development, facilities refurbishing, flexible scheduling, collaborative planning, and professional development) and the way each one reinforces the other, contributing to new professional relationships and practices in participating schools. It continues with a delineation of the ways in which Library Power teams of librarians, teachers, and principals in each school adopted these core elements and practices of the program and devised ways to weave them together into a fabric that was stronger than any of the initiative's single threads. Library Power's contributions to curriculum, instruction, and professional collegiality are examined. Lessons learned are discussed related to new and sustained funding, outside support, leadership, professional development, and compatible policies. Key findings are summarized for dilemmas of reform in the areas of competing demands, varying capacity for improving teaching, learning, and equity. (MES)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Flexible Scheduling, Instructional Development, Learning Resources Centers, Library Collection Development, Library Facilities, Library Planning, Library Role, Library Services, Professional Development, Public Schools, School Libraries
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. School of Library and Information Studies.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. School of Education.