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These publications can also be ordered by mail, fax or phone from ALA Order Fulfillment, P.O. Box 932501, Atlanta, GA 31193-2501; 1-866-SHOP ALA (1-866-746-7252) or 1-312-944-6780; fax 1-770-442-9742. Prices listed do not include shipping and handling.

Collection Development for the School Library Media Program: A Beginner’s Guide
Mona Kerby

A valuable resource for new or experienced school librarians, Collection Development for the School Library Media Program: A Beginner's Guide is an easy to use guide to collection development. It provides practical and relevant information about collection development issues such as: the school users, policies, selection criteria and sources, ordering, weeding, and evaluation. Also included are suggestions for creating lesson plans.

2006. 64 p. ISBN 0-8389-8375-8. $20 / ALA members $18.

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Every Student Reads: Collaboration and Reading to Learn
Gail Bush

In our current role as educators in this era of reading to learn and reading accountability, school library media specialists are seeking proven reading strategies to engage our students. This concise guide features reading strategies geared for elementary and secondary students as well as a hearty nod to free and voluntary reading programs supported by school library programs. Leading reading experts who were presenters at the 2004 AASL Fall Forum contribute their thoughts on the current state of reading instruction in our schools. Action steps for collaborative planning and teaching empower practitioners to provide best practices for reading engagement. Exemplary collaborative projects spanning K-12 grade levels and various content areas are written in lesson plan format and are tied to information literacy standards and essential questions. Suggested readings highlight sources for further study of reading strategies.

Every Student Reads features contributions from Peter Afflerbach, Carol Gordon, Stephen Krashen, Donna Ogle, and 2004 AASL Fall Forum Participants. The 2004 AASL Fall Forum, October 1-3 in Dallas, Texas, immersed library media specialists, reading teachers and other educators in strategies to increase their students' abilities to "read to learn."

Gail Bush is associate professor and director of the School Library Media Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. For ten years, she was curriculum librarian in suburban Chicago at Maine West High School Library Resource center, honored with the AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year Award in 1996.

2005. 56p. ISBN 0-8389-8358-8. $20.00 / ALA members, $18.00.

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@ your library Toolkit for School Library Media ProgramsToolkit for School Library Media Programs
The Campaign for America's Libraries
@ your library®

Developed specifically to assist school library professionals. This toolkit includes messages, ideas and strategies for promoting the value of school library media programs and library media specialists in the 21st century.

@ your library® campaign, The Campaign for America's Libraries, in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), is designed to help foster a greater collaboration with other types of libraries; to enhance the professional development of school library media specialists; and to provide customizable tools and resources that support the advocacy efforts of school library media specialists.

2003. 44p. ISBN 0-8389-8263-8. ALA members and non-members $5. 10% discount for 50-99 copies, 20% discount for 100 or more copies.

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Collaboration: Lessons Learned Series
Edited by Robert Grover

This publication demonstrates the benefits of and defines collaboration through the author's analysis of reports submitted by participants of Meeting in the Middle, an AASL five-day institute intended to foster collaboration among library media specialists, teachers, and administrators in middle schools. Developed and distributed through a grant from the Bound to Stay Bound Books Foundation. 1996. ISBN 0-8389-7871-1. Pack of 25 booklets for $25.00.

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Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future CoverDesigning a School Library Media Center for the Future
Rolf Erikson and Carolyn Markuson for the American Association of School Librarians

Sharing their experiences of working on more than 100 school building projects, two expert school library media specialists draw a road map for becoming building-savvy and avoiding school library renovation pitfalls. Erikson and Markuson explain how to implement new school library standards and demystify changes resulting from technology to create the school library media center of the future. In addition to ten conceptual plans for actual school libraries, the authors include ideas on how to:

  • Limit liability while creating universal-ADA compliant-access.
  • Connect library facilities design to Information Power strategies.
  • Address the unique ergonomic and technology needs of children.
  • Control costs using proven bidding and evaluation methods.

Rolf Erikson has worked on more than 40 library design and renovation projects for public and independent schools. He is library media specialist at Minuteman School of Applied Arts and Sciences in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Carolyn Markuson, Ph.D., has worked on more than 60 library construction and renovation projects as librarian, system director, and as consultant, president and founder of biblioTECH, a consulting service for schools, public libraries, and regional library systems in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

2000. 128 p. ISBN 0-8389-0790-3. $39.00 / ALA members, $35.10.

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How to Conduct Action Research by Lesley S.J. FarmerHow to Conduct Action Research: A Guide for Library Media Specialists
Dr. Lesley S.J. Farmer

A publication of AASL's Bottom Line Series. This book will thoroughly guide you through the process of action research so that you can conduct your own investigations. Systematically improved your school library media program for the local population and the advance the profession as a whole by conducting action research.

2003. 44p. ISBN 0-8389-8260-3. $12 / ALA members, $10.80.

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Principal's Manual Brochure coverPrincipal's Manual Brochure

Originally sent to over 84,000 principals responsible for elementary and middle school students at both public and private schools in the United States, the Principal's Manual for Your School Library Media Program brochure was also mailed to AASL members in May 2000.

Addressed directly to the school principal, the brochure is designed to guide the principal in assessing and planning for the school library media program. Aids the principal to prepare with school library media staff, district administrators, teachers, students and parents for the next school year. Touches on library staff, resources, facilities, collaboration and making the school library media program the heart and hub of the learning community.

2000. ISBN 0-8389-8123-2. Available in packs of 25 for $8.00/pack.

You may request a free single copy of the brochue by sending a self-addressed stamped envelop (no smaller than a no. 10 size) to:

AASL Principal's Manual Brochure
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2795

Single-copy requests will be fulfilled only while supplies last.

The brochure is also available online in PDF format. Please be aware that because the brochure was designed holistically, the printed PDF cannot faithfully reproduce the combination of color, design and format of the original.

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Portfolio Guide for the School Library Media Specialist by Gail Dickinson.Portfolio Guide for the School Library Media Specialist
Gail Dickinson

Part of AASL's Bottom Line Series, this guide to creating portfolios covers instructional and future uses of portfolios, how to maintain a professional portfolio, and the National Board process as a professional portfolio. There’s also a section on selected future reading on the subject.

2004. 31p. ISBN 0-8389-8275-1. $12.00 / ALA members, $10.80.

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Program Standards: School Library Media Specialist Preparation.Program Standards: School Library Media Specialist Preparation

The purpose of this publication, part of the AASL Bottom Line Series, is to provide guidance for school library media education faculty who are preparing a curriculum folio for review by representatives of AASL as part of the accreditation process conducted by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

2004. 52p. ISBN 0-8389-8300-6. $12.00 / ALA members, $10.80.

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"School Library" VHS cover"The School Library…Where Learning Meets the Future" (VHS)
Produced by the Nassau School Library System

This short video was created to bring viewers directly inside what many educators today consider to be the hub of a good school: the library media center. What is a good school library in today’s transforming world? What can it contribute to children’s learning at each academic level? How can tomorrow’s citizens be taught to navigate a world with overwhelming information sources? School library media specialists in Nassau County, N.Y. have created this 12-minute video to bring these central issues to life. 2000. 12 min. ISBN 0-8389-8133-X. $25.00 / ALA members, $22.50. Note: This product cannot be order online. Available via mail, fax or phone order only.

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A Student's and Parent's Guide to Evaluating Libraries in Independent Schools by ISS.A Student’s and Parent’s Guide to Evaluating Libraries in Independent Schools
Independent School Section of AASL

Developed specifically to assist school library professionals. This toolkit includes messages, ideas and strategies for promoting the value of school library media programs and library media specialists in the 21st century.

Choosing the independent school your child will attend is an important decision. The Independent School Section of AASL prepared this guide which considers three critical areas: facilities, resources and services.

2004. Pamphlet. ISBN 0-8389-8306-5. Available in packs of 25 for $7.00/pack.

You can preview the brochure as a PDF file, modified to make its format more printer-friendly for 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

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AASL NCLB brochure, "Your School Library Media Program and No Child Left Behind."Your School Library Media Program and No Child Left Behind Brochure

This new brochure, "Your School Library Media Program and No Child Left Behind," was developed by AASL to help building leaders recognize the school library media specialist’s important role in helping schools meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The brochure shows how you, the school library media specialist, are both an ally and asset to principals and administrators who have the difficult job of meeting the ambitious NCLB goals by 2013. We hope that this brochure helps to form a productive partnership between school library media specialists and building leaders in meeting the challenges of No Child Left Behind.

2004. ISBN 0-8389-8310-3. Available in packs of 25 for $8.00/pack.

You can preview the brochure as a PDF file, modified to make its format more printer-friendly for 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

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