IST 661: Managing a School Library

This course prepares information professionals for work in school libraries by teaching students to administer school library resources and services; enhance teaching and student achievement; identify services and resources that support the curriculum, teaching, and student achievement; and link to the larger learning community and become a visionary leader. Additionally, students will learn to oversee programming that fosters and motivates student inquiry and reading enrichment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the skills and attitudes of visioning, entrepreneurship, advocacy, planning, and management.
  • Manage information resources and the information life cycle.
  • Apply appropriate legal pedagogical and learning theory principles.
  • Strengthen skills to respect, engage, and collaborate with a diverse community.
  • Perform and assess research-based practices.

Tools and Concepts:

  • Student-centered school library programs
  • Cultural responsiveness and agency
  • Collection development approaches
  • Grant proposals
  • Independent reading initiatives
  • Curriculum integration and teacher collaboration
  • Library media center management

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