Praxis II Library Media Specialist Test 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?

A. books
B. magazines
C. internet
D. encyclopedias

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.

6. What is the most beneficial aspect of peer-to-peer coaching for library media specialists?

A. More strategies for dealing with students
B. Improved relationships with administrators
C. Access to cutting-edge technology
D. Development of relationships with other professionals

7. What is the best method for teaching students to use a computerized card catalog?

A. Lecture explanation
B. Guided practice
C. Immersion
D. Printed directions

8. Which of the following is NOT an appropriate periodical for elementary school students?

A. Nature
B. Ranger Rick
C. Highlights
D. Calliope

9. Why should a library media specialist compose a mission statement?

A. To attract funds
B. To standardize assessment
C. To communicate the library’s goals and objectives
D. To delegate responsibility among the various library employees

10. What is the best way for a library media specialist to help a first-grade teacher who is starting a unit on Africa?

A. Provide access to age-appropriate multimedia resources
B. Place books about African culture on special reserve
C. Present a lesson on African literature to the class
D. Create a bulletin board with an African theme

11. Which of the following is NOT a valuable trade journal for librarians?

B. Library Journal
C. Booklist
D. InSchool

12. When one periodical publication incorporates and eliminates another, it is known as _____.

A. collection
B. assimilation
C. absorption
D. cooption

13. What is the name for a paperback meant to be sold at newsstands and supermarkets rather than in bookstores?

A. trade paperback
B. salacious paperback
C. soft paperback
D. mass-market paperback

14. Which of the following is the oldest organization of professional archivists in the United States?

A. American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
B. Society of American Archivists
C. America Library Association
D. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

15. What is the name for a book that condenses the main points of a larger work written by another author?

A. syllabus
B. compendium
C. anthology
D. selection

16. School librarians’ functions include:

A. Helping students learn to read
B. Enhancing students’ background knowledge
C. Providing access to a variety of materials
D. All of the above

17. As a librarian, which of the following is not important to impart to students?

A. Access for everyone
B. Silence in the library
C. Information literacy
D. Intellectual freedom

18. Intellectual freedom is important in an educational environment because:

A. It helps students understand concrete concepts such as addition and subtraction
B. It encourages creative problem solving
C. Teachers should teach only their own viewpoints in the classroom
D. Intellectual freedom is not important

19. Censors try to restrict what others:

A. Say
B. Listen to
C. Teach
D. All of the above

20. The American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights states:

A. Books should fit only specific criteria
B. Resources should include offerings from many cultures
C. Books should be approved by the librarian
D. All of the above

21. Librarians exhibit leadership and management skills by:

A. Recruit volunteers
B. Restrict access to scarce resources
C. Prevent community partners and volunteers from participating in library activities
D. All of the above

22. Effective communication with the community important because:

A. Schools are a separate and distinct entity from the surrounding community
B. The social and economic influence of a school is different from its neighbors
C. Schools can be a force for creating a positive atmosphere.
D. Education does not need the support of local business.

23. Results from recognizing the importance of diversity in education include:

A. Students from certain cultures are incapable of learning.
B. Enables students to function in a complex society
C. Prepares students to visit other countries
D. All of the above

24. Technology in an educational environment:

A. Expands instructional approaches
B. Enriches the learning experience
C. Should be based on existing learning styles
D. All of the above

Praxis II Library Media Specialist Test Answer Key