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Thank you everyone for your quick response to my question. I received some
helpful advice as wellas actual titles. Listed below is a collection of
the responses sent me. Duplicate responses are listed as similar

Thanks again

Kevin Clement
MLIS student
349-H Curry
Greensboro, NC

I know this is not a real school, BUT in that situation, you would begin
asking the teachers what they would like included.  Maybe they will read
My experience is that if someone does not request it, the materials will
be used. MA, Middle School.

PS Do not forget the media center in the professional materials....
Library Journal"  etc.

MaryAnn Hensarling
Similar suggestions made by:
D. Marger, Librarian
LMHS   Herndon, PA

We have found that some books really go out of date fast as far as listing
internet sites or tech help type books.

I would suggest using periodicals such as Copycat or Mailbox or some of
many tech ones like Classroom Connect or The Reading Teacher.

Joanne Bongaarts


Why don't you ask the teachers what they would like?  Perhaps they would
prefer periodicals if your school does not already get them.

One book would be Jim Trelease's _Read aloud handbook_.

What I have found with professional collections is that a)teachers walk
with what they want or b) it is forgot about and not used.  Don't spend
much money on it.  I would also suggest a couple of books that are
bibliographies of fiction that goes with k-6 social studies.  I will look
the titles and get them to you later today.

michele missner


I am at a k-5 building and for
the most part, we have some old Madilyn Hunter that never moves from the
and lots of paperback - make a copy idea books - everything from
stationary to
graphic organizers to journal ideas.  Since few of them come with
we put them in a variety of 370's.  These may seem "fluff" but they get

Genese Mikkelsen
Raymore-Peculiar Schools
Peculiar Elementary


I would want the following titles

No Quick Fix (Allington)
Books Kids Will Sit Still For (Freeman)
Savage Inequalities (or any of Jonathan Kozol's books)

Kim Carr
Yorktown, IN


A problem with limited funds is that math teachers should belong to the
math assns; language arts teachers to their organizations; etc. etc. etc.
I think it unnecessary to repurchase same journals with "your" monies.
Perhaps you will have teachers who will bring in their own journals rather
than store them.  They will be "there" when they want to repeat looking at
them.   I always found it better to have Education Index, for example
because teachers (who used journals ONLY when they were enrolled in course
work, could do their indexing and then pick up the journals at the college
or we help through ILL etc. etc.

And while you are ata it, think some about which of those journals will
help you the most in your work with the classroom teachers.  I assume you
belong to ALA/AASL and get our stuff?  Get School Library Journal for you.
Or some other library/curricular journal you find most helpful.

Hilda L. Jay, LMS(Ret.) & Author


My teachers like teacher magazines (mailbox, teacher, bookbag, etc.) and
resource books on themes (neighborhood, animals, oceans, ecosystems,
solar system, seasons, black history, etc.) that have activities they can



This actually sounds like your acquisitions class assignment, but yes
there are many books that cover the full K-12 spectrum.  First all of the
subject areas have professional organizations similar to our AASL and
During the last decade all of these organizations have developed and
published K-12 Standards.  The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(NCTM) was the first, closely followed by the National Science Teachers
Association (NSTA).  I do not know the names of the organizations for
Studies and Foreign Languages, but you can find out from classmates who
taught in those disciplines.  The English Teachers have the National
of Teachers of English.  Of course, the first standards book you should
purchase for your collection should be "Information Power."  Make sure
staff members read it so they have concept of your role in the school.
Then you next source for professional development literature should be the
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).  This group
publishes the most professional literature written by professionals for
professionals.  Also, don't forget to check with the Guidance, Psychology
and Social work people for titles that would be of broad general interest
for the whole faculty.  In the "real" school environment this could be
entering wedge to begin co-operation with faculty.

Dorothy E. Tissair
Similar suggestions made by:
D. Marger, Librarian
LMHS   Herndon, PA

Response to assignment comment:  You are correct. This is an assignment.
However, it is an assignment for School Library class for the sole purpose
showing that we can figure out how a listserv works and to see how
school library media specialists are in sharing information. I selected
this particular
question because I was interested in knowing what was the current thinking
this topic.  I was quite pleased with the responses received.

I would go with some of the excellent resources that are
available about literacy and teaching Reading.

Invitations by Reggie Routman
Guided Reading
Anything by Patricia Cunningham -- Making Words, Phonics they Use

Other resources that were often used were those that connected literature
the content area curriculum -- many titles available from Scholastic or
local teaching store:

Connecting Math and Literature (also Science and literature, Social
and literature...)

Read Across America from Scholastic

Meet the author and illustrator series from Scholastic

Linda Armbruster, Linda1399@aol.com
Library Media Specialist,
Desert Mountain Middle School
Phoenix, Arizona


I'm in a 5-12 library, but have been surprised at how frequently I borrow
_From A to Zoo_ from the elementary school's professional collection.
It's a thematic index to picturebooks.

Ginger Williams, Library Media Specialist
Williston-Elko Middle/High, SC


Harry Wong's _First Days of
School_ is also heavily used, even though our district presents every
first-year teacher with a copy.

Ginger Williams, Library Media Specialist
Williston-Elko Middle/High, SC

Also suggested by:
Beth Pounds
Beasley Middle School

Linda Armbruster, Linda1399@aol.com
Library Media Specialist,
Desert Mountain Middle School


Growing up digital
How kids Fail - Holt
Books kids will sit still for.

Pat Wende
Royal Oaks Elementary School
K-12 Library Media Director


From my experience, teachers only use the very practical
professional resources.  I've bought lots of great books but unless they
contained usable classroom units, activities, etc., they sat on the shelf.
I would suggest that you get the Big Six research video and related

Judy B. Smith


Kevin Clement
MLIS student
349-H Curry
Greensboro, NC

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