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Future of secondary school libraries

The old secondary school library is likely to have evolved into a resource centre, transformed by the presence of new media, reshaped by changing literacy initiatives and further altered by an emphasis on "inclusion". It is now the librarian's task to discard as well as accumulate. A School Library Association booklet offers helpful advice in all these areas. Some of its recommendations - a central location, an atmosphere enhanced by natural light - may seem idealistic rather than practical, but the guidelines rightly portray a desirable environment for teachers as well as for those they teach. Planning and Designing a Secondary School Library Resource Area is one of a series of SLA Guidelines, published by the School Library Association, Unit 2, Lotmead Business Village, Lotmead Farm, Wanborough, Swindon SN4 0UY. Tel: 01793 791787; fax: 01793 791786; email: info@SLA.org.uk; website: www.SLA.org.uk. It costs pound;6 (pound;5 to SLA members).

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