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Preparation of Pupils and Staff for Effective Library Use

by Jessie Boyd - 1943

The experience of learning to tap the resources of a library—the card catalog, well-known reference books, the encyclopedias, the indexes, and other library facilities—is an experience that should come to every child as a natural part of his school life. While the use of the library is always a means to an end, nevertheless it is essential that students realize the value of library tools as short cuts and timesavers in the acquisition of knowledge. To promote this functional use of the library, it should be maintained as an integral part of the curriculum and the life of the school. Much of the success of library instruction depends on the vision of the administrator. It is essential that he provide for the free use of the library as a laboratory rather than as a study hall, that he set up an adequate budget for the purchase of necessary books and materials, and that he employ a competent and adequate staff.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 42, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 44 Number 10, 1943, p. 295-329
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20446, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 1:59:15 AM

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  • Jessie Boyd
    University of California, Berkeley
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    JESSIE BOYD is the librarian at University High School in Oakland, California. Boyd is also a lecturer and supervisor of School Library Practice in the School of Librarianship and the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
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