"What do I do now?" "How do I handle this situation?" or "What do I do for that student?" How many times have you or someone you know asked those questions? In some cases, it may be every day, or in others, occasionally. This new series of case studies describes problems that can be used by educational media students or in professional development workshops. The case situations fall outside the subject matter of traditional library media curriculums and include topics on the "nitty gritty" issues (emergencies, etc.) and on bigger issues such as planning, policies, and personnel. Incorporated within the cases are the concepts on information literacy found in the Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning guide issued by the American Association of School Librarians in 1998. In a departure from the first two books of case studies in this series, the cases are arranged by topic, rather than by school level. The bibliography will serve as a listing for a basic professional collection that leads to answers to the expected, as well as the unexpected, situations that arise in the functioning of the modern school library media center.
Amy G. Job is Librarian and Adjunct Professor at William Patterson College. MaryKay W. Schnare) is a media specialist at Nathan Bishop Middle School. She was the Teacher of the Year for Rhode Island in 1996 and the Milken Family Foundation National Educator for 1997-1998.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I. Nitty-Gritty: Emergencies, etc. Chapter 4 Medical Chapter 5 Michael's Fit Chapter 6 Books and Suicide Chapter 7 The Labor Question Chapter 8 Shooting Stars Chapter 9 The Liquor Case Chapter 10 Physical Plant Chapter 11 The Leak from on High Chapter 12 Displays Everywhere Chapter 13 Vandalism Here, There, and Everywhere Chapter 14 Micey, Micey! Chapter 15 Personal Chapter 16 Crushes Chapter 17 There All the Time Chapter 18 Here They Come! Chapter 19 Stories, Stories, Stories Chapter 20 Smoking in the Boys' Room Chapter 21 Is This Discrimination? Chapter 22 Personnel Chapter 23 After Hours and the Union Chapter 24 I Dare You! Chapter 25 Go Sit in the Corner Chapter 26 Where Is Larry? Chapter 27 The Library Media Center as Punishment Room Chapter 28 The Library Media Specialist Is Also the Nurse? Chapter 29 Potholes on the Information Highway Chapter 30 Cataloging Electronic/Internet Resources Chapter 31 Roasted Computers Chapter 32 The Hacker Chapter 33 It Is All Part of the Job-Or Is It? Chapter 34 Who Is Minding the Students in the Lab? Chapter 35 Smut in the Middle School Chapter 36 The District Cut Out the Magazines Part 37 Part II. Bigger Issues: Planning, Policies, and Personnel Chapter 38 Certification Chapter 39 Paraprofessional Volunteers Chapter 40 Here Comes the Supervisor Chapter 41 The Big Re-Licensing Issue Chapter 42 Emergency Certification Chapter 43 Grow Your Own School Library Media Specialist Emergency Chapter 44 Emergency Certificate = Harrassment? Chapter 45 Policies Chapter 46 Filters, Filters, Filters Chapter 47 Money, Money, Money-Just Not Enough, Just Not Where It Is Needed Chapter 48 I Thought That Sharing Was a Good Thing Chapter 49 Get That Filthy Book Out of Here! Chapter 50 I Didn't Borrow the Books from the Public Library, so Why Should I Worry if They Are Missing? Chapter 51 I Am Sure That I Paid for That Chapter 52 Selling to Children-Right, Wrong, Legal? Chapter 53 Personnel Chapter 54 Managing from Afar, or Butting in Where You Don't Belong? Chapter 55 Let Them Learn Alphabetical Order Chapter 56 Who Pays for Professional Development? Chapter 57 Caught in the Middle Chapter 58 The Substitute Expert Chapter 59 Scheduling Chapter 60 Here He Is-Super Library Media Specialist! Chapter 61 And She Just Keeps Rollin' Along Chapter 62 Fixed to Be Flexible-You Do It Chapter 63 Physical Plant Chapter 64 Moving Day Chapter 65 Our Beautiful New School Library Media Center Chapter 66 Close the Library Media Center-I Need More Classroom Space Chapter 67 Closing the Library Media Center Again! Part 68 Part III. Appendices Chapter 69 A. AASL Position Statement on Access to Resources Chapter 70 B. AASL Position Paper on Information Literacy Chapter 71 C. AASL Position Paper on Appropriate Staffing Chapter 72 D. AASL Position Statement on Flexible Scheduling Chapter 73 E. AASL Position Statement on Preparation of School Library Media Specialists Chapter 74 F. AASL Position Statement on Resource-Based Instruction Chapter 75 G. AASL Position Statement on the Role of the Library Media Specialist in Outcomes-Based Instruction Chapter 76 H. AASL Position Statement on the Value of Library Media Programs in Education Chapter 77 I. Sample Library Media Selection Policy Chapter 78 J. Sample Library Media Policy for Reevaluation of Selected Materials Chapter 79 Bibliography Periodicals Books Chapter 80 Suggested Readings Chapter 81 Index Chapter 82 About the Authors