ERIC Number: EJ1040239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 17
Mission Statements--Rhetoric, Reality, or Road Map to Success?
Knowledge Quest, v42 n1 p30-36 Sep-Oct 2013
Mission statements are expected elements of business plans and corporate communications. Yet, practice in creating them and monitoring their impact varies and skeptics wonder about their usefulness. A survey of business literature provides a context for school library mission statements. Mission statements define the nature, purpose, and role of organizations; focus resources; and guide planning. Mission statements in K-12 education reflect community priorities and typically include themes of cognitive, social, and civic development. The effect of mission statements on performance is unclear, but some suggest that the degree of commitment to shared purpose distinguishes high-performing schools from failing schools. This article describes the role mission statements play in school libraries.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Position Papers, Library Administration, Administrative Policy, Role Perception, Organizational Communication, Definitions, Library Associations, Values, Standards, Organizational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/knowledgequest.cfm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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