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The Innovative School Librarian, Second Edition
Sharon Markless (editor), Elizabeth Bentley, Sarah Pavey, Sue Shaper, Sally Todd and Carol Webb
Item Number: 978-1-78330-055-6
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $85.00
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224 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-78330-055-6
Year Published: 2016

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Taking a strategic approach to the leadership of school libraries, this book raises important questions about the functions of the school librarian and sets out to encourage the reader to think outside the box for new approaches to traditional challenges. It aims to inspire and enable school librarians to think creatively about their work and the community in which they operate. Written by current leaders in the field, each chapter addresses the practical issues facing school librarians. This new edition has been fully updated to incorporate curriculum revisions, resource changes, developments in the use and integration of technology and new routes into the profession. Key topics covered include:
  • the librarian's vision and values;
  • bridging the gap between different visions for the school library;
  • identifying and understanding your community;
  • making a positive response to change;
  • keeping inspired and inspiring others in the library; and
  • integrating the library into teaching and learning.
This is an essential, thought-provoking book for all school librarians, practitioners in schools library services, and students of librarianship. It has plenty to interest school leadership, headteachers, educational thinkers, public library managers and local government officers and also has an international audience.
Table of Contents

1. Professionalism and the school librarian
2. How others see us
3. Bridging the gap between how we see ourselves and how others see us   
4. Identifying and understanding your community
5. Making a positive response
6. Generating and using evidence of impact
7. Inspiration
8. Becoming integral to teaching and learning
9. Innovation

Appendix 1: Levels of education
Appendix 2: School library self-evaluation questions
Appendix 3: An example of a completed self-evaluation summary sheet
Appendix 4: SWOT analysis
Appendix 5: Choosing priorities in development planning
Appendix 6: Example of a force field analysis: a tool for managing change
Appendix 7: Managing change: process and principles

About the Authors

Sharon Markless
is Senior Lecture in Higher Education within King's Learning Institute where she draws on many years of experience in both teaching and research. She initially taught in secondary schools and further education before moving into H.E. in 1990 as a Senior Lecturer in Professional Development at Canterbury Christ Church University College.

Elizabeth Bentley is Librarian and Learning Resource Centre Manager at Addey and Stanhope School.

Sarah Pavey is an Independent Consultant and Trainer for school libraries. Visit her website at

Sally Todd is School Archivist at St John’s School.

Sue Shaper is Director of Library Resources at The Broxbourne School.

Dr. Carol Webb is Head Librarian at Portsmouth Grammar School.

“The format of this second edition is apparently similar to that of the first (2009), with the regular use of short scenarios or ‘vignettes’. The first of these heads the preface, and others are then used frequently within each chapter to illustrate new subjects. This approach is designed to increase the readability of the text (in which it succeeds) while aiming to offer examples of ‘real-life’ everyday situations for those managing libraries in secondary schools. The contributors note that the vignettes are drawn from comments and queries on the popular School Librarian Network, and this gives them a ring of authenticity.”
— Ariadne

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