Synopses & Reviews
Independent School Libraries: Perspectives on Excellence
offers readers insights into best practices in library services for school communities, using examples drawn from independent schools of various sizes, descriptions, and locations across the United States. Two overview essays introduce a statistical analysis of independent schools. Each of the remaining essays provides perspective on a different aspect of library practice, including staffing, advocacy, assessment, technology, collaboration, programs beyond the curriculum, intellectual freedom and privacy, budgeting, accreditation, disaster planning, and more.
Because independent school librarians work across divisions and without a mandate to adhere to state or national standards, they have the freedom to explore and refine best practice in a school library setting. Fortunately, the ideas and methods they have developed, many of which are on display here, can be applied in any school library.
The first book published about independent school libraries since 1985, this work offers both the independent school library community and the broader school library community a wealth of insights into excellence in library practice.
• Includes a unique statistical analysis, revealing new insights into common practice among independent school libraries
• Looks to the future without losing track of the historical importance of libraries to their academic communities
• Supports and demonstrates advocacy, a theme that recurs throughout the book
• 21 essays from major experts in the field, representing single-sex and coed schools, K-12 and K-8 schools, religious and secular schools, large and small schools
• Statistical analysis of data collected about independent schools
• A bibliography with each essay
• Foreword by Pauline Anderson, librarian emeritus, Choate-Rosemary Hall School, Wallingford, CT
Freed of many of the restrictions that govern public schools, librarians in independent schools have a unique opportunity to develop new ideas and methods. Among these are the "information commons" where technology, media services, and traditional library services intersect, providing students with the resources they need to do their best work. What other learnings do these library laboratories provide?