Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy

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How do school librarians best serve students, classroom teachers, and principals simultaneously? The key, argues Moreillon, is to lead. By embracing a leadership role, school librarians can work collaboratively to positively impact school cultures, curricula, and teaching practices. The inspiration, guidance, and strategies presented in this book will support school librarians as they make and sustain connections and advocate for their central role in future-ready learning. Demonstrating the conceptual insight that have made her previous books bestsellers, Moreillon

  • details how school librarians, in their leadership and instructional partner roles, can make essential connections that build and sustain a culture of learning in their schools;
  • touches upon AASL’s new National School Library Standards and recently published AASL position statements;
  • bridges school librarians’ practice with the work of education thought leaders and educational initiatives, such as Future Ready Librarians and the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Students and Educators; and
  • includes a study guide complete with discussion questions, activities, and reflection questions for each chapter to support readers in using this book as a book study selection.

This book offers preservice and practicing school librarians, district-level library supervisors, school librarian educators, school principals and administrators, and other stakeholders strategies and tools for positioning school librarians as instructional leaders.

List of Figures

Chapter 1    Building Connections for Learning
Chapter 2    Job-Embedded Professional Development
Chapter 3    Inquiry Learning
Chapter 4    Traditional Literacy Learning
Chapter 5    Deeper Learning
Chapter 6    Digital Learning
Chapter 7    Assessment
Chapter 8    Leadership and Advocacy
Chapter 9    Sustaining Connections in a Collaborative Culture

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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.

”Provides a comprehensive guide to the often-precarious art of educational partnership building ... this title is worth the investment for school librarians and their education partners."
— Booklist

”Sustaining a collaborative learning culture is a challenge, writes the author. [Moreillon] outlines ways librarians, teachers, principals, families and communities can work together to empower the learning culture."