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Title:Research and Practical Experiences of Recent Years That Support the Concept of the School Library Materials Center
Author(s):Stone, C. Walter
Subject(s):School libraries
Abstract:I have said before and I would like to begin by saying again that, "in my book," there is no more challenging or exciting work and there is no job of greater importance to progress in every sector of society than that of managing the availability and flow of knowledge through all media. This is the business of librarians everywhere and within elementary and secondary education, it is the business of the school librarian. The School Library Materials Center concept is one answer given by our profession to the challenge of modern educational communication and information service requirements. It is an important idea, and since the approval in 1956 by the American Association of School Librarians of an affirmative statement which defined the role of the school library as an instructional materials center, this idea has become increasingly a guiding principle employed in planning school media services. The chief limitation of the concept, and of the philosophy behind it, is that it does not go far enough. I believe the rationale we need today is one more similar to that used in justifying formation of the new Division of Learning Resources at Florida Atlantic University. This rationale identified two sorts of professional responsibility in educational media service: (1) To put at the disposal of the teaching faculty all media technology, services, and systems which will enhance the effective communication of ideas in a pre-programmed phase of learning; and (2) To put at the disposal of the student all media technology, services, and systems which will enhance the effective communication of ideas in a self-programmed phase of learning. For me, this statement expresses our professional responsibility clearly. To date, however, we have not been prepared to meet such a challenge.
Issue Date:1963
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In A. Lohrer (ed). 1963. The school library materials center: its resources and their utilization; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 3-6, 1963. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 1-11.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (10th : 1963)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-16

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