Public libraries that take a proactive approach to homework help - by setting up organized, public library homework centres - have the potential to become catalysts for better performance in school, improved self esteem, and engaged, co-operative learning. In this volume, Cindy Mediavilla describes what constitutes an effective homework centre - a separate space in the library, with set hours, clearly defined services, and an assigned staff member. Computers are helpful, but not essential, according to Mediavilla. What is key is that a person is present and responsible to oversee the programme. With real-life examples from actual homework centres, this manual offers the tools to set up a successful homework centre, including: sample surveys, goals and objectives, publicity and recruitment flyers, homework helper application forms and contracts, staff and volunteer job descriptions, grant applications, and focus group questions; examples of creating funding by programmes around the country; and practical advice on how to collaborate with schools and educators to co-ordinate goals.
Cindy Mediavilla, Ph.D., works for the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches part-time and oversees special projects A popular speaker and workshop presenter on leadership, collection development, and young adult services, she worked in public libraries for 18 years, including at the Orange Public Library where she managed a homework center. In 1998, she received the Loleta D. Fyan Award, which funds her research on after-school home-work assistance programs, including personal visits to many of the centers featured in this book. Cindy's doctorate and master's degree in library science are both from UCLA.