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ERIC Number: EJ784564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9371
Hitch Your Wagon to a Mission Statement
Zmuda, Allison
School Library Media Activities Monthly, v24 n1 p24-26 Sep 2007
Library media specialists typically are expected to collaborate with everyone. Because the teacher holds the proverbial key to the classroom door, he or she also has the access to the students. If there is no access to students, there is no opportunity to cause student learning. Real collaboration is, in contrast, based on a mutual understanding from all parties. Without this mutual respect, collaboration does not occur. Thus, the current state of affairs means that results are minimized (if not obliterated), and that the opportunity of the library media specialist to engage students in work relevant to established information literacy goals is lost. In this article, the author calls on library media specialists to speak openly about gaps between the status quo and the mission of the school, and to make sure that the recent focus on library media centers as a source of potential learning results in real change in instructional practice instead of superficial "parallel play."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A