Instructional Partnerships: A Pathway to Leadership

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In this Best of Knowledge Quest monograph, the editors have collected seminal articles to support pre-service and in-service school librarians in developing and strengthening the instructional partner role. Instructional Partnerships: A Pathway to Leadership provides readers with background knowledge, research-based evidence, and examples of instructional partnerships in action. Serving in this role positions school librarians as key faculty in improving student learning outcomes through building collaborative partnerships for instruction. These articles, published between 1998 and 2012, have stood the test of time and attest to the American Association of School Librarians' long-time commitment to school librarians serving in this vital capacity. Valuable for both novices and seasoned instructional partners, this monograph offers a guide to success on this pathway to leadership.

Contributors include: Judi Moreillon, Susan D. Ballard, Gail Bush, Peter Millbury, Violet H. Harada, Linda Bilyeu, Glenda Smith Rowe, Pamela Chesky, Martha Elaine Meyer, Dorcas Hand, Sue Kowalski, Keith Curry Lance, Becky Russell, Susan M. Allen, Barbara Schultz-Jones, Nancy Everhart, Joyce Valenza, Bonnie Mackey, Maureen White, Buffy J. Hamilton, Suzanna L. Panter, Rebecca L. Kelley, Gloria E. Voutos, Angela Norton, Wes Dunbar, Shane Conklin, Paula Chessin, Jessica Payeur, Deborah Chessin, Christina T. Russo, Michelle Luhtala, Donna Sapienza, and Judith L. Kaplan.

  • Instructional Partnerships: A Pathway to Leadership
Instructional Partnerships in the Broad Context of Teaching and Learning 
  • Be True to Our School 
  • Collaboration: Ten Important Reasons to Take It Seriously 
  • Taking the Lead in Developing Learning Communities 
  • Teachers and Librarians Collaborate in Lesson Study 
  • Collaboration: It's a Gamble on a Fixed Schedule 
  • Creating Partnerships: A Grant-Funded Collaborative Information Literacy Project 
  • The School Librarian as Instructional Partner: Team Up with Teachers to Guide Student Learning 
  • Raising the Bar: Engaging Staff and Students in a Culture of Participation 
Research Related to Instructional Partnerships 
  • Scientifically Based Research on School Libraries and Academic Achievement: What Is It? How Much Do We Have? How Can We Do It Better? 
  • Information Literacy, ICT, High School, and College Expectations 
  • Collaboration in the School Social Network 
  • Research into Practice: Internet Savvy Students and Their Schools 
Instructional Partnerships in Action
  • Reading and the Library Program: An Expanded Role for the 21st-Century SLMS 
  • BONUS: Position Statement | The SLMS Role in Reading 
  • Conversations, Collaborations, and Celebrations: How the School Library Media Specialist Can Shape Early Literacy Instruction 
  • The School Librarian as Teacher: What Kind of Teacher Are You? 
  • Powwow for Learning: American Indian Tribe Inspires Coteaching Project at Dumbarton Elementary School 
  • Fearless Factor: Seamless Conversations Lead to Collaboration in the Northwest Independent School District 
  • Time and Space: A Collaborative Voyage for Junior Astronomers at Londonderry Middle School 
  • Healthy Collaboration is Good for All: Coteaching Team at New Canaan High School Helps Students Track Personal Wellness 
  • Voyage on the S.S. Library Leadership: Collaboration in Teaching and Learning at the University of Vermont 
Selected Additional Reading

Collaboration Resources from AASL 

Judi Moreillon

Judi Moreillon is a literacies and libraries consultant and a staunch advocate for the leader and instructional partner roles of school librarians. A 2017-2018 mentor for the Lilead Project, Judi served for thirteen years as a coteaching school librarian at all three instructional levels. As a school librarian, she collaborated with classroom teachers, specialists, and principals to ensure that educators practiced effective instructional strategies and integrated library resources into the classroom curriculum.

In addition, Judi taught graduate students in library science for twenty-one years, most recently as an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University. She developed and taught courses including librarians as instructional partners and conducted research related to the school librarian’s leadership and instructional partner roles. Judi has also served as a district-level school librarian mentor, a literacy coach, a classroom teacher, and a preservice classroom teacher educator. She currently chairs AASL’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy Task Force and is a member of the ALA/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation.

Judi has published three books with ALA Editions: Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Maximizing Your Impact (2007), Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (2012), and Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (2013). Her fourth book, Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy  was published in 2018. Judi’s homepage is She blogs at and tweets @CactusWoman with #schoollibrarianleadership and #buildingconnections4learning.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library program services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning.