Youth librarians in public libraries are often given the responsibility for after school homework centers. In addition, they are also besieged by parents who come in to get materials to help their children with their research projects and homework assignments. Review the literature on homework/homework centers and the responsibility of youth librarians to this segment of their communities. Using the literature available and any research studies you may locate and a visit to no more than two public libraries with homework centers, make a list of the essential elements you would include if you were to be asked to take responsibility for homework centers for youth. You may put this list in an appendix. END OF ASSIGNED ESSAY TOPIC
My Directions follow:
I will be making visitations to the various public libraries, and writing a synopsis of these visits. Please include a list as stated above, also include copies of all research. This is important. I acknowledge that your staff is probably very good at writing, but I am basically using this as a template and the copies of the researched items will help me to tweak the paper and make it relevant towards the in-class discussions. Swamped with many papers. Assigned essay is more than 17 pages, your effort will provide a working outline for me (hopefully).
Please notify me in advance of accepting this order if the copies are doable, and I repeat, as this is important.
One publication to use (if possible) is “Creating the full-service homework center in your library” by Cindy Mediavilla. Contains an excellent bibliography.
If not here are some sites that were noted. (Didn’t have time to double check their current status.) Can be used but not limited to the following:
Dowd, Frances Smardo. “Serving Latchkey Children.” Connect for Kids: Out of school time. Available at URL: http://www.connectforkids.org/content1553/content_show.htm?doc_id=8147&attrib_id=318
“Homework Centers.” Public Library Facts2 (March 1999). Available at URL: http://mlin.lib.ma.us/mblc/sadac/pub_lib_facts_v2-3.shtml
The Institute of Museum and Library Services Responds to challenge to help children learn.” American LIbrary Association Washington office Newsline 8 (August 25, 1999) ALAWON arachives available at URL: http://www.ala.org/washoff/alawon
Moore, Everett. “Serving students in time of crisis.” California Librarians 2 (October 1961): 219-23
Sager, Don. “Beating the homework blues.” Public libraries 36 (January/Februrary 1997): 19-23
“Teens Talk to America.” The Shell Poll 1 (summer 1999) Avaialble at URL: http://www.countoshell.com/shell_poll.html
U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice. Working for children: Safe and Smart After school porgrams (April 2000). Available at URL: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/SafeSmart
“Urban Libraries Reach Out to Youth.” Connect for Kids:Guidelines for Grown-Ups. Avaialbe at URL” http://www.connectfor kids.org/content1553/content_show.htm?doc_id=8006&attrib_id=318
WestEd. The oakland Public Library as a partner in youth development: an evaluation of PASS! and a Needs-Wants Assessment of LIbrary linked youth development programs. Oakland:1999
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