CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 12, 1999
UI hosts conference for school library media specialists
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 275 school library media specialists from
all over Iowa will gather at the University of Iowa March 18-20 for the
annual Iowa Educational Media Association conference. The conference, titled,
"Blueprint for Learning: Setting New Standards for Library Media Programs"
will give librarians the opportunity to learn about the best programs statewide
as well as set goals for the future.
One of the featured speakers will be Gerald Bracey, a nationally known
policy analyst, researcher and author who is known for separating public
education myth from reality in his lectures and writings. His periodic
"Bracey Report on the Condition of Education" has drawn the attention
of national media. His article "Why Can't They Be Like We Were?"
now known as "The First Bracey Report," drew the wrath of the
Bush administration for Bracey's refutation of statements made in "A
Nation at Risk," a national education report commissioned by President
Bracey has been a research psychologist for the Educational Testing
Service, associate director of the Institute for Child Study at Indiana
University-Bloomington, and the director of research, evaluation and testing
for the Virginia Department of Education. Bracey emphasizes he does not
believe schools are perfect. "There are real problems," he says,
"but there needs to be a fuller discussion of those problems, and
we need to get past the misconceptions.
Also speaking at the conference will be: Ann Weeks, director of the
Chicago Public Schools library media program; Karen Hesse, 1999 Newbery
award winning author of "Out of the Dust"; Deborah Hopkinson,
author of "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt and A Band of Angels";
and Barbara Jansen, library media specialist from Round Rock Texas, author
of articles on teaching information literacy.
UI faculty and staff who will present sessions at the conference include:
Jim Duncan, Hardin Health Sciences Library; David Eichmann, assistant professor
of library and information science; Jean Donham, assistant professor of
library and information science; and Carol Hughes, University Libraries.
For further information, contact Jean Donham, 335-5712.