Joyce Kasman Valenza is the librarian at Springfield Township High School Library and the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She was named a Milken Educator for 1997/98, and has participated as a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow and in the Fullbright Japan program for teachers. Valenza is author of the bestseller Power Tools (ALA 1998) and wrote the video Internet Searching Skills (Schlessinger),a YALSA Top Ten Award winner. She has taught courses in searching skills for Chestnut Hill College and Mansfield University. Joyce speaks nationally on issues relating to libraries, education, and information literacy skills and contributes regularly to Classroom Connect, Voice of Youth Advocates, and a variety of other educational journals. Her school Web page, The Springfield Township High School Virtual Library, won the IASL School Library Web Page of the Year Award for 2001. The Neverending Search website is another resource created and maintained by the author. She lives with her husband and two nearly-adult kids in Rydal, PA.
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It's back: recharged, better (and more needed!) than ever. Power Tools Recharged is a completely revised hands-on guide to address library media specialists' most pressing issues. Affected by new technologies and information literacy standards, schools now face accountability, funding, and legislative issues that reshape daily practices. Library media centers are crucial to assist schools in meeting new standards, while also educating students to deal with an information-saturated world.
Library media specialists have to communicate the benefit of their achievements to administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community leaders. Here are the tools to simplify your job and lead change, even when time is at a premium. Use customizable forms, letters, brochures, handouts, and presentations to communicate the value of what you do to different audiences. During two and a half decades on the front lines, Valenza has developed these must-have tools to help you:
- Administer everyday details and develop policies that work
- Assess to measure impact and evaluate success
- Teach information literacy using sample assignments
- Support students with hands-on, project-based tools
- Make powerful presentations, even on short notice
School library media specialists, LIS educators, language arts teachers, and all owners of the previous Power Tools will welcome this recharged edition, complete with all the forms on CD-ROM, making for easy customization.