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ERIC Number: ED498618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
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Literacy Partners: A Principal's Guide to an Effective Library Media Program for the 21st Century
Alabama Department of Education
This publication was developed by Alabama school library media professionals to help principals understand good school library media practices. The principal can publicize the school library as a center for student and family learning. He or she can actively promote the importance of information literacy as a basis for authentic, life-long learning. Information literacy is designated as the core of the library media program, enhanced by information access, program administration, learning, and teaching. The library media program is embraced or surrounded by the learning community. Areas discussed include: (1) What a principal needs to know about library media services; (2) Providing access to information for students and staff; (3) What a principal needs to know about information literacy instruction; (4) Encouraging student use of resources; and (5) Library media management. Principals are urged to: (1) Be committed to having a top-notch program; (2) Consider the library media center as a learning lab and not a classroom; (3) Designate sufficient funding to maintain an up-to-date and appropriate collection; (4) Provide adequate staff to meet or exceed accreditation requirements; (5) Help teachers and parents understand that the library media specialist needs time for required management tasks; and (6) Be involved in the library media program and confer regularly with the media specialist to stay informed about program implementation and the level of collection use. Appended are: (1) Collection Evaluation Form; (2) K-12 Information Literacy Objectives; (3) Facility Checklist; and (4) Description of Facility by Major Functions.
Alabama Department of Education. 50 North Ripley Street, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36104. Tel: 334-242-9700; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama