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New Steps to Service: Common-Sense Advice for the School Library Media Specialist
Ann M. Wasman
Item Number: 978-0-8389-3483-8
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $29.00
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256 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3483-8
Year Published: 1998
While libraries may vary greatly in terms of the resources at their disposal, the process of setting up a quality media program is basically the same. The New Steps to Service is a vital resource in presenting the basic steps for creating and maintaining a school library media center that works for both your students and for you.

In handbook style for easy reference, The New Steps to Service features chapters grouped in three sections: Handling Materials, Dealing with Details, and Working with People. Use it for practical advice on such basics as collection development, selection, taking inventory, classifying, cataloging, budgeting, and more. Build points with constituents—parents, teachers, and administrators—with public relations pointers. Get started on advancing your career by learning how to build a network of colleagues and develop yourself professionally.
Table of Contents

Part I Getting Started
1 Where did we come from?
Progressing form then to now
2 Where are we going?
Standards as a road map
3 How do I get “on task”?
Thinking and acting like a library media specialist
4 How do I get through the first week?
Activities and priorities
Part II Handling Materials
5 Do I really have to look at all this stuff?
6 How does my garden grow?
Weeding and cultivating
7 How do I keep it all together?
Type and organization of materials
8 How do I know what to buy?
Selection of materials
9 How do I keep track of everything?
10 What do all those letters and numbers mean?
Classifying, cataloging, and processing
Part III Dealing with Details
11 Is turning it on all I have to do?
Equipment for and from the library media center
12 Where do I put everything?
13 Is there a simpler way?
14 How do I manage the money?
Budget and acquisition
Part IV Working with People
15 Will I always be alone?
Assistants, volunteers, and clerks
16 How do I make people like me?
People relations
17 How do I sell the program?
Public relations
18 How do I keep inspired?
Activities and professional development
A Regional Accrediting Agencies
B Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning
C American Association of School Librarians Information Sheet
D National Education Goals
E General Library Media Periodicals
F American Association of School Librarians’ Position Statement on Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program
G List of Library Media-Oriented Companies
About the Author
Ann M. Wasman retired after thirty-one years in public schools. She was an English teacher, a library media specialist at the junior high and high school levels, and a district coordinator for K–12. She also worked as an in-service coordinator for a special education cooperative. Wasman copublished Library Insights, Promotion and Programs (LIPP), a library PR newsletter, for fifteen years and was coauthor of Grand Schemes and Nitty Gritty Details published by Libraries Unlimited. She recently edited Ideas for Promoting Your School Library Media Program for AASL and worked on the Know It All video series for Great Plains National. She has contributed articles, conducted workshops, and given presentations to state and regional associations across the United States. She resides in Illinois with her husband Ben and their two dogs.
“Wasman quite ably tackles everything from acquisitions and cataloging to budgeting and public relations. Her straightforward conversational suggestions make this resource much more accessible than many professional texts.”

“...has universal relevance and offers excellent advice and a good commonsense philosophy toward library service.”

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