Many new countries are included in this update of the 1972 edition, as well as additional material on eleven of the countries discussed earlier. An outstanding authority in this field from each of the twenty-three countries has contributed material for his or her nation's program. Topics include general education in the country, history of school library development, administration and management techniques, programs, education, and certification requirements, standards and legislation, and professional support. Among the new countries included are Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, People's Republic of China, South Africa, and Thailand. With many photographs of school libraries.
Mieko Nagakura (M.A., library science, Western Michigan) is Professor and Director of the School Library Laboratory, a training program at Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo. She has been a pioneer in research in school librarianship and is the author of many articles in the field. Jean E. Lowrie (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve) is Professor Emeritus, Library & Information Science, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. She has written many articles on international school library developments, served on the boards of IFLA and IASL, and been President of ALA, AASL, and IASL.