Providing adequate staff development for professionals who may be the sole representative of their curriculum at a given school is always a challenge. (Think band director, school nurse, or library media coordinator.) For, at least this latter professional–the school library media coordinator–the United Star Distance Learning Consortium (USDLC) has a solution–“Best Practices in School Library Media Programs.”

Developed in accord with American Library Association standards and delivered in an online format, with supporting video on demand programs which demonstrate best practices in various school settings, the resource was produced by a USDLC consortium member, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), under the auspices of U.S. Department of Education Star School Grant.

According to Ann McCormick, Media Supervisor for the Harnett County School district (NC), the series “has been one of the best staff development series that we have ever used in Harnett County. Media coordinators learned much about the role that they should play in our schools to impact student learning from the broadcasts [now available online] as well as the online modules. They liked the fact that they could view the broadcasts as a group or individually and that the online modules were completed independently. The latter were particularly suited for the differences in experience and learning styles of our media personnel. We&believe that it [the program] is partially responsible for a strong media program in Harnett County.”

For more information on “Best Practices in School Library Media Programs” contact USDLC at 1-888-828-7352 or info@usdlc.org. Other professional development opportunities from USDLC can be previewed at http://www.usdlc.org.

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