ALA Member: 
$ 41.40
Item Number: 
ALA Editions
8 12"
AP Categories: 
A, E, G
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the Authors
  • Reviews

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.

  • Preface


    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



    Jo Ann Carr

    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.

    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.

    "…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."