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Libraries Transform: The Expert in the School Library: School Librarian Leadership

Content to support school librarians’ expertise to effectively impact student achievement and school communities.

School Librarian Leadership Resources

American Association of School Librarians. "Advocacy & Leadership Competencies and Rubric." 2010. File last modified on 2016. PDF version. This PDF is extracted from 2010 ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians as approved by Specialty Areas Studies Board (SASB) of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), October 24, 2010. This rubric offers clarification of the competencies in demonstrable terms. 

Alliance for Excellent Education. "Leading In and Beyond the Library." Alliance for Excellent Education. N.p., 28 Jan. 2014. Web. How do librarians lead in education? This report explains how. PDF version

Colorado Dept. of Education. "Highly Effective School Library Program" with rubric. Colorado Dept. of Ed., 2016.

Future Ready Librarians: "Empowering Leadership for School Librarians through Innovative Professional Practice". Alliance for Excellent Education, 2018. PDF version. 

Hardesty, Kathryn. "Speech to School Board Supporting School Libraries and Librarians." I Love Libraries. ALA, 11 May 2011. Web. 1 Aug. 2016. This speech illustrates leadership, offering the text of a speech to Ms. Hardesty's own school board. 

Kachel, Deb., ed. "School Library Advocacy LibGuide." Antioch University - Seattle LibGuides,

Martin, Ann M. "Empowering Leadership: Developing Behaviors for Success". N.p.: AASL, 2013. Print. To order : Ann Martin's book is essential reading for all school library leaders, who are really all school librarians.

National Policy Board for Educational Administration. "Professional Standards for Educational Leaders". NPBEA, 2015. Council of Chief State School Officers, 2015. 

Valenza, Joyce Kasman. "Mindset for School Library Innovators". Infographic. Infographic file. Joyce's skill at explaining what it takes to be a school librarian is consummate, and this pictograph is a strong example. 

Weisburg, Hilda. "On Libraries: Leadership-There Is No Other Option." Knowledge Quest. ALA/AASL, 22 Jul. 2016. Web. 1 Aug. 2016. Hilda Weisburg won the AASL Distinguished Service Award in 2016; in this blog post, she explains how she came to leadership while exhorting us all to find our own inner leader every day.