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Effective School Librarianship: Successful Professional Practices from Librarians Around the World
LO, Patrick, Heather Rogers, & . 2 vols. 534p. Apple Academic. Apr. 2018. Tr $179.95. ISBN 9781771886567.
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Remember the invigorating jolt of knowledge and enthusiasm that you got when you first attended a professional conference? The benefit of interacting with practicing librarians is invaluable. This international team of authors offer that same exchange of ideas in a two-volume work of interviews with librarians on five different continents, who discuss what inspires them, their challenges, and where they find success. The book describes the status of the profession in these countries, the qualifications for being a librarian, and the role the library plays in the contributors' schools; readers will find it especially fascinating to compare typical days, extra duty assignments, budgets, collections, and more. The interview transcripts are followed by color pictures of the librarian and the library.
VERDICT Highly recommended for librarians interested in professional development and for academics who conduct research about the profession.

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