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

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

Value of the School Librarian

pdf iconAASL. Causality: School Libraries and Student Success. American Association of School Librarians National Research Forum-White Paper, Dec. 2014. Accessed 28 Feb. 2017.  This white paper serves to: "Capture the rich discussion emanating from the CLASS forum surrounding research and causality 2. Propose a progression of research methods and projects that will support efforts toward theory building, exploratory research, and demonstration research; and 3. Outline mechanisms by which a community of scholars can be cultivated and nurtured toward furthering the research agenda and its activities."

"IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto." 28 Mar. 2006. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Accessed 28 Feb. 2017. Letter. This international statement shares: "The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today's information and knowledge-based society. The school library equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens."

Kuon, Tricia and Holly Weimar. “How Does Your Boss See You?: Proof That Principals Value Librarians. School Library Journal, 4 Sept. 2012. An informal survey (102 MS & 67 Principals) of how principals value school librarians, with tips on how to be viewed as leaders in the school. Big focus on technology. Intended audience is school principals and librarians.

LaGarde, Jennifer. "An Act of Justice: The School Librarian and Breaking the Cycle of Poverty." May 2016: Keynote slides.

pdf iconMerrigan, Sharyn, and Craig Seasholes. "Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates." Washington Library Media Association, n.d.. 

Nelson, Janet. “Principals' Perspectives on the Value of School Librarians.” Ideas & Inspiration from Demco, Demco, Inc, 23 Mar. 2015, . Accessed 28 Feb. 2017. Judi Moreillon & Teresa Starrett received funding to make a fabulous video of clips of school administrators talking about why school libraries matter on their campuses. Watch the accompanying video.

pdf iconOakleaf, Megan and Patricia L. Owen. “Closing the 12-13 Gap Together: School and College Librarians Supporting 21st Century Learners.” Teacher Librarian 37.4 (2010): 52-58

Polos, Susan. “School Librarians Leading Out Loud.” Living in Dialogue, 4 Aug. 2014. Lots of excellent anecdotal references to many places around the country.

Reisz, Elizabeth. "Critical Issues in K-12 School Libraries." Maine Policy Review 22.1 (2013) : 118 -120.. Scholarly tone but great content.

School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian

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Stripling, Barbara. "School Librarians Transform Learning". American Libraries, 2014, pp. 6–9. American Libraries supplement and infographic. [Requires Flash.]

pdf iconStripling, Barbara. The Value of School Librarians, School Libraries, and School Library Systems. PDF. 

Valenza, Joyce. "A letter of support." 29 Apr. 2016. School Library Journal. Letter.  A letter that may be used as a template recently shared in a New Jersey crisis.

Valenza, Joyce. "Manifesto for 21st Century Teacher Librarians." Oct. 2010. Teacher Librarian, Letter. 

Valenza, Joyce. "Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School." NeverEnding Search, School Library Journal, 5 Apr. 2014. Further background on the Moreillon/Starrett video.

Valenza, Joyce. "School Libraries Transform." American Libraries, 1 Mar. 2016.  Having a transformative school library is an issue of equity.