As someone who has been a building principal and administrator for the past 20 years, I realize that the title of this article may sound a bit intimidating to a media specialist. However, there are good reasons for a library media specialist (LMS) to know and understand what an administrator expects and what skills he or she should be presenting to the staff, students, and administrators.
Of course, these days, job security is a concern for both the LMS and the administrator. However, both will find job security, not to mention job satisfaction, in effectively bringing about student learning via their respective roles in their schools. Therefore, this article is intended for both administrators and media specialists, and I will address the subject accordingly.
A Partnership for Learning … And Survival
The best way for a principal and a media specialist to survive together is to form a meaningful partnership, a marriage if you will, between two professionals. And, like any successful marriage, there is give and take and a good understanding of each other's roles.
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