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Title:Future Possibilities in the Development of the School Library Materials Center
Author(s):Lohrer, Alice
Subject(s):School libraries
Abstract:Previous papers have presented both philosophical and theoretical aspects of the changes and developments that have been taking place in the school library field. These have been supplemented with considerations given to the practical problems arising from the newer media being used in modern teaching programs and the role of the school library at all levels in servicing the needs of students and teachers who are using successfully these multi-media resources for more effective learning. To maintain perspective while projecting one's thoughts into the possible future developments of the school library as an Instructional Materials Center is both difficult and perplexing. In a country as vast and complex as ours, where basic patterns of education vary greatly from section to section, and where each area has its own deep seated roots in the past, no single pattern of education or of school library programs emerges clearly. The fifty states have fifty patterns, and within each state there are great variations among the schools of teaching methods, of library service, of the type and amount of teaching materials made available, and of the administrative patterns for servicing book, pamphlet, periodical, audio, and visual resources in a school or in a school system. This complexity, as we know, stems from the fact that our federal constitution delegates the responsibility for educating children and youth to the states, who in turn delegate the responsibility to the citizens of each community. The people alone can decide whether they want to provide quality education with functional school facilities and adequate or superior learning resources, or, whether they want to provide for the bare necessities of teaching as required by state regulations. Leadership, or the lack of it, at the state and local level determines to a great degree what is provided for the children of a state and community. Even within a school district itself, inequalities of school plants, school facilities, teaching staff, and instructional materials may be very apparent to anyone concerned with the problem and willing to take the time to investigate.
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: 101-107.
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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