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Leadership for Excellence
Jo Ann Carr for the American Association of School Librarians
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0961-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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120 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0961-4
Year Published: June 2008
AP Categories: A, B, E, F, G, H

How do the most successful school library media specialists play a leading role in student achievement in their schools? Jo Ann Carr and AASL share behind-the-scenes details and best practices, including how and why top programs succeed, get funding, and become integral contributors in their school communities.

Addressing the importance of school library media specialists as instructional leaders and collaborators in diverse roles, this inspirational resource outlines proven practical strategies. Those who have achieved success provide insights for building partnerships for learning, all centered on developing the leadership skills of school library media specialists in

  • Learning and teaching
  • Information access and delivery
  • Program administration
  • Future vision

    Highlighting exemplary school library media centers, this collection of case histories and reflections from leaders of award-winning programs examines what works and why. Learn how winners integrate their programs into the school curriculum and drive excellence within the learning community. Explore websites of the award winners and review worksheets, fliers, and before-and-after photos to understand the process behind the success.

    This is a must-have, hands-on inspiration for achieving the goal of student-centered teaching and learning within the school community for school library media specialists, school administrators, teachers, and teacher educators.

    Table of Contents



    1          A Vision of Leadership

    2          Leadership in Learning and Teaching

    Advanced Placement Junior Theme       Maggie Schmude

    Collaboration Districtwide         Susie Alexander, Liz Deskins, Terry Lord, Marsha Pfahl, Christina H. Dorr

    Collaborative Planning and Curriculum Development for Library Media Specialists and Teachers           Patricia Pickard

    Constructing a Keyword Search           Katherine Lowe

    The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl            Patricia Pickard

    In Harmony: A Collaborative Workshop for Librarian/Music Teacher Pairs       Katherine Lowe

    Junior Theme and Immigration Thesis    Marilyn Cobb

    Junior Theme with Special Education Students   Angela Burns

    Kapolei High School Library Media Center Teaching and Learning        Carolyn Kirio

    Librarian + Teacher: Designing Powerful Learning Activities       Julie Hyde-Porter

    Middle East Peace Summit       Judy Gressel

    Library and Technology Orientation for New Teachers  Sharon Coil

    Power Readers Katherine Lowe

    Professional Learning    Patricia Pickard

    Speak Softly and Carry a Big “Schtick”            Sharon Brubaker

    Collaborating with Advanced Placement U.S. Government Teachers     Anna Maria Menza

    3          Leadership in Information Access and Delivery

    Library Research Tutorial          Katherine Lowe

    Library Website Creation          Pam Strom

    Remote Access @ your library Patricia Pickard

    4          Leadership in Program Administration

    Advocacy and Public Relations Matters            Patricia Pickard

    Attracting and Keeping Parent Volunteers         Diane H. Thompson

    Creating a Twenty-First-Century High School Library   Maggie Schmude

    Doing the Best We Can with the Technology We Have Patricia Pickard

    Flexible Scheduling and Collaboration through FirstClass E-Mail System           Patricia Pickard

    Strengthening the Library Media Program          Donna Helvering

    Library Programming    Anne O’Malley

    Mentoring School Library Media Specialists New to the System            Patricia Picard

    Partnerships: School and Public Libraries          Mary Trenerry, Stephanie Beisch

    Educating Parents about the School Library Subscription Databases      Kristin McKeown

    School and Public Library Collaboration           Patricia Pickard

    Transition from a Fixed Schedule to a Flexible Schedule in an Elementary School           Janie Kossak

    5          Creating a Vision for the Future of School Library Media Programs

    About the Future          Patricia Pickard

    Collaboration Assessment and Library Use Continuum  Katherine Lowe

    Kapolei High School Library Media Center Vision and Action Plan       Carolyn Kirio

    Ongoing Assessment for an Effective Library Program   Patricia Pickard

    Postscript: Building NSLMPY-Worthy School Library Media Programs

    Appendix: Websites of NSLMPY Honored Programs

    Bibliography: Resources for Exemplary School Library Media Programs



    About the Authors
    Jo Ann Carr is director of the Center for Instructional Materials and Computing at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She chaired the 2004-2005 National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) Committee. In 1989, she was named the Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section Librarian of the Year. Carr earned her master's degree in library science at Indiana University--Bloomington.

    The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) advocates excellence, facilitates change, and develops leaders in the school library media field.


    "…a good book to inspire and reinvigorate school library media specialists."
    –Info Career Trends

    "Motivating to those who have not received this annual award by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the winners share their best practices to enable others to emulate and expand upon already-created best practices."

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