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The School Library Media Facilities Planner (Best Practices for School Library Media Professionals)

Hart, Thomas L.

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ISBN 10: 1555705030 / ISBN 13: 9781555705039
Published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The School Library Media Facilities Planner ...

Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers

Publication Date: 2006


Book Condition:Good

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This handbook shows librarians, media specialists, and educators how they can transform their school library or media facility into the knowledge center of their school. Tom Hart advocates re-designing school libraries so that they can impact students and set them on the path to future academic and professional success. Practical, step-by-step chapters cover facilities as they relate to teaching-learning, the knowledge center, open learning, information literacy, and the new goals for the knowledge society. Detailed guidance is offered for the facilities planning process (for both new and existing) including developing the team, needs assessment, planning documents, spatial relationships, special considerations, and the roles of library consultants and facilities planners. Readers learn to consider school demographics, program philosophy and goals, changes in information technology, patterns of use, collection size, programs and activities, equipment, location, climate and acoustical control, lighting, windows, doors, water, communications networks, storage and counter space, and more, in the design of their facilities. Important sections on working with architects and contractors and moving into a new facility protect library and librarians’ interests. The author includes exemplary facilities, success stories, problem scenarios, a glossary of terms, and appendices with model policies, procedures, and planning documents. The companion DVD includes tours of facilities and additional planning information.

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This book is chock-full of suggestions for pre-planning, planning, and designing (or redesigning) a school media center. Every detail appears to be covered, including resources for architectural styles and terminology, samples of floor plans and planning documents, sample contracts and requests for bids from contractors, organizational worksheets, and lists of references and resources. Factors that distinguish elementary, middle, and secondary media centers are considered. It is unfortunate that a manual of media center design could be so lacking in visual representations and examples, though the floor maps, blueprints, photographs, and comparison charts that are included are certainly functional and informative. This pragmatic manual includes an amateurish DVD showing a homemade video, captured seemingly without the stability of a tripod, that is casually narrated by the filmmaker, background noises and all. It does give peeks into the processes and products of new and renovated facilities that–at least in part–makes up for the lack of color photographs and illustrations within the book. Visuals aside, the resources and expertise offered in this guide will be useful to anyone creating, renovating, or furnishing a media center.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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