Contributions of school library media specialists and centers through cooperative program planning are discussed. When classroom instruction is integrated with cooperative program planning and team teaching by the classroom teacher and the library media specialist, the development of student competence is most effective. The involvement of library media specialists in curricular issues is affected by principals' attitudes, teacher preferences and frames of reference, the availability of support staff, teacher understanding of the role of the library media specialist and the potential of the library media center, and the need for extensive training in cooperative program planning and team teaching that builds on the media specialist's former classroom teaching experience. When successful programs are in place, library media specialists can assume more responsibility for writing for professional journals about their role and about collaboratively planned programs.
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