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Creating and Managing the Full-Service Homework Center

172p. appendix. bibliog. index. ALA Editions. Nov. 2017. pap. $54. ISBN 9780838916186.
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Since students often turn to the library for resources to complete homework assignments, public libraries might consider establishing a dedicated space for homework help. Building on her 2001 work, Creating the Full-Service Homework Center in Your Library, Mediavilla draws on research and case studies (primarily involving large urban public libraries) to cover the basics, beginning with assessing needs and developing a service plan. This well-organized, accessible title emphasizes that the space must be staffed with either paid library employees or trained volunteers and discusses training and job duties as well as the library's legal responsibilities to foster a safe learning environment. The author acknowledges that with budgets tight, funding positions to staff the center and making available expensive equipment such as laptop computers may be prohibitive without the financial support of grants, community agencies, or business partners. Regardless of the extent of the homework help, collaboration with teachers and schools is necessary to make sure that libraries are providing the correct support and accurately addressing students' needs.
VERDICT A solid guide for public librarians wishing to develop a homework center for students.

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