The Media Specialist assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is divided into two tests.
The first test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the first test are: learning, teaching, and collection development. The topics covered by the learning and teaching subarea are: children’s and young adult literature; fundamentals of curriculum development and collaboration in media and information literacy; and the fundamentals of instructional design for all learners. The topics covered by the collection development subarea are: selecting, acquiring, and maintaining resources; and the fundamental principles and methods of resource organization.
The second test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are: program administration; professional development, leadership, and advocacy; and information access and delivery. Some of the topics covered by the program administration subarea are: the importance of shared decision making in the administration of the media center program and services; guidelines (national, state, and local standards) on which to base the mission and philosophy statements of a media program; and the rationale for key media center policies and procedures. Some of the topics covered by the professional development, leadership, and advocacy subarea are: professional organizations and literature related to school library media; collaborative activities with students, staff, media committees, and the community; and promoting the media center program, resources, and services to students, administration, faculty, and the greater community. Some of the topics covered by the information access and delivery subarea are: the fundamentals tools and concepts for locating and sharing resources; the fundamental concepts related to using and validating online and other resources; and the fundamental concepts of equal access and ethical use of information.
The examination must be completed within four hours. Test-takers will receive performance indices indicating their success in each subarea of the examination. Scores will be available approximately a month after the date of the examination; unofficial results are posted on the internet, and an official score report is mailed to the test-taker, the Professional Standards Commission, and the institution specified by the test-taker during registration.
GACE Media Specialist Practice Questions
1. A middle school media specialist is leading a class through a lesson exploring early American history. The specialist encourages the students to find sources of information in a variety of media. Which of the following would be the least likely source of useful information?
2. A media specialist is weeding books out of the library collection. Which of the following books would be the best candidate for removal?
A: A book which has been serialized in magazines on file in the library
B: A book that is available in full on-line
C: A book that makes some controversial claims
D: A book for which a more recent edition has recently been acquired
3. An elementary school media specialist notices that she consistently has a high number of overdue books. What is the best strategy for resolving this problem?
A: Raising the late fees
B: Extending the borrowing period and sending notes home to parents
C: Reporting students with overdue books to the principal’s office
D: Contacting the teachers of students with overdue books
4. A high school media specialist experiences a sudden demand for a certain book. What would be the best way for the specialist to acquire this book?
A: order it from the publisher
B: purchase it from a local bookstore
C: order it from a jobber
D: contact the author for a promotional copy
5. A parent complains that the library contains texts describing racist ideology. What is the most appropriate response of a media specialist?
A: The books should be expelled from the library.
B: The media specialist should argue that it is important that students be allowed to examine racist ideology in a historical context.
C: The media specialist should ignore the complaints.
D: The media specialist should declare that he is required to give equal time to all viewpoints.
1. B. Magazine articles tend to be overly specific and less academic in content.
2. D. Many students will still prefer to read a book in its traditional format rather than in a magazine or through electronic media.
3. B. Elementary school libraries thrive when borrowing periods are long and parents are kept apprised of the books their children have checked out.
4. A. Buying books from a bookstore is generally more expensive, but is the preferred way to quickly acquire individual titles.
5. D. Racist literature is a controversial topic in library science; most authorities agree that it is useful for students to have access to examples of racist doctrine so that they can study its inequalities and irrationalities.