Information for Principals and Administrators
School Librarians are Learning Leaders
American Association of School Librarians Resources
NEW!!! 2017 AASL National School Library Standards. Buy it now - and an APP for quick reference when you visit your libraries.
IDEA: Support your librarian to membership in AASL for MEMBER PRICING OF ALL Standards products. Membership includes our professional journal and listserv as well as webinars for best [professional growth tools.
Read the AASL Standards Framework for Learners in printable PDF. This content can also be purchased in packets of 10 to share with campus and district leadership.
Require the Librarian to embed the Learner competencies into library and collaborative lesson plans.
AASL 2016-17 Presidential Initiative
Resources FOR School and School Library ADMINSTRATORS
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders." AASL, Apr. 2017. This is the AASL web page that shows the full breadth of Audrey's Presidential Initiative.
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders: #SchoolLibrariansTransformStudentLearning." by Audrey Church. KQ, AASL, 19 June 2017. This blog post links to ALL of Audrey's Presidential Initiative tools.
General Resources for Principals and Administrators
Moreillon, Judi. "Judi Moreillon: Missing School Librarians Means Lost Literacy Learning." Arizona Daily Star - Tucson, 3 Nov. 2017. Arizona Daily Star.
Krashen, Stephen. "Credentialed school librarians: What the research says." 4 Sept. 2017. SKrashen, . Letter. Sent to the Chicago Tribune, Sept 4, 2017. Original article: Information literacy lost: Most CPS schools no longer have librarians .
Moran, Mark. "A “To Be” List for School Librarians." Blog, SweetSearch, 9 Nov. 2017.
Hutchinson, Elizabeth. "Why Do Teachers Need School Librarians? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself." Libraries, Schools, Social Media and Lots More..., 7 Nov. 2017.
Beck, Scott. "Bridging the Divide between School Librarians and School Administrators." KQ Blog, AASL, 9 Aug. 2017.
"The Instructional Role of the Library Media Specialist as Perceived by Elementary School Principals" by Audrey Church. School Library Research (AASL), vol. 11, 2008.
"Secondary School Principals’ Perceptions of the School Librarian’s Instructional Role" School Library Research (AASL), vol. 13, 2010.
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders." AASL, Apr. 2017.
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders: An Administrator's Guide." AASL, ALA, Apr. 2017, PDF. An infographic format is also available; the content is the same.
PODCAST: "Administrators and School Librarians: A Powerful Partnership for Schools and Learning." Education Talk Radio PreK-20, BlogTalkRadio, Inc., Apr. 2017. AASL's President Audrey Church with Deb Levitov, editor of Teacher Librarian magazine and Michelle Folk school librarian from Ft. Atkinson WI. Audrey is presenting her AASL Presidential Initiative, School Librarians as Learning Leaders. Deb and Michele served on her committee.
Thoughts from Elsewhere
Weller, Sam. "Commentary: Without school librarians, we're on a dystopian path." Chicago Tribune, 29 Mar. 2017. Chicago Tribune.
Krashen, Stephen. "Letter: Libraries and librarians: What does the research say?" Chicago Tribune, 31 Mar. 2017, . Response to Weller Commentary, March 29.
Smith, Corbett. "11 Dallas ISD schools are losing their librarians because of budget cuts." Dallas Morning News, 17 Apr. 2017. Dallas News.
Krashen, Stephen. "Why school librarians matter." SKrashen, 17 Apr. 2017. In response to Smith in Dallas News.
Moreillon, Judi. "Judi Moreillon: One million Arizona students at risk." Tucson.com, Arizona Daily Star, 4 Apr. 2017.
Articles for Administrators
ISD Editorial Board. "Editorial: Support Our K-12 School Librarians." Iowa State Daily [Ames], 6 Apr. 2017.
Wyman-Blackburn, Steve. "How schools can help students realize the difference between real and fake news." District Administration, 16 Jan. 2017.
Kachel, Debra. "Who should teach our kids the difference between real and fake news? Our librarians." Penn Live, PA Media Group, 10 Feb. 2017.
Georgia School Library Media Consortium. School Librarian Effectiveness Instrument. SLM Advocacy, 2016. SLMAdvocacy.
"Are Librarians the Key to a Future Ready School?" by Meris Stansbury. Transform Your School Library, Mackin, Dec. 2016.
Asking the Right Questions to Get the Right Librarian: An Open Letter to Administrators Hiring New Librarians This Year.” by Pam Harland and Angie Miller.(Let the Librarians Lead, April 2, 2016)
“Ten Things Your Administrator Needs to Know as the School Year Begins.” by Audrey Church. (KQ blog, Aug. 10, 2016)
School Librarians as Learning Leaders, part of the 2017-2017 AASL Presidential Initiative. Infographics, articles, reports and videos. Same information in an infographic format.
“Top Ten Things Your Librarian Can Do For You.” by Tiffany Whiitehead. (EveryLibrary Facebook page, Aug. 1, 2016) An infographic.
AASL. Definition for an Effective School Library Program. (AASL Position Papers, 2016)
“Librarians as Instructional Leaders .“ by Priscille Dando, ( SLJ Take the Lead, June 20, 2016)
“Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares.” by Motoko Rich, Amanda Cox and Matthew Bloch.(NYT The Upshot, April 29, 2016)
“School Libraries for EQUITY: Do What’s Right for ALL Our Students.” by Cynthia Ramos. (TASLTalks blog, June 1, 2016) Cynthia is an HISD librarian and parent.
Swan Valley High School Library Service by Kay Wejrowski. (MASA Leader [Michigan Assn of School Administrators], Spring 2016) with video.
“ Libraries are becoming expanded classrooms.” by Bret Champion(Superintendendent, Leander). (Hill Country News, May, 2016)
“Author Nora Baskin Rallies To Save School Librarian’s Job.” by Christina Vercelletto. (SLJ, April 22, 2016)
Adding Value: Principals’ Perceptions of the Role of the Teacher-Librarian. by Mandy Lupton.(School Libraries Worldwide, 22(1), 2016, pp. 49-61)
“Op Ed: School Librarians are Essential to Student Achievement.” by villagegreennj. (The Village Green of Maplewood & South Orange, April 20, 2016)
“The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations in Reading.” by Doug Johnson. (The Blue Skunk Blog, March 28, 2016)
“View: School Librarians Serve the Whole Child.” by Susan Polos. (Lohud, The Journal News, March 26, 2016)
FAQ: Is a district required to hire/retain school librarians? (TXASL-Texas Assn. of School Librarians, 2016)
FAQ: What research data defends certified School Librarian’s impact on learning? (TXASL-Texas Assn. of School Librarians, 2016)
School Administrator Toolkit: A Guide to Hiring School Librarians (TASLA_Texas Assn. of School Library Administrators, 2015) This website includes interview questions, evaluation tools and certification requirements.
"An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian)" by Jennifer LaGarde (The Adventures of Library Girl blog, May 25, 2015) Includes possible interview questions.
Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School. by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Theresa Starret. (DrM’s channel, YouTube; April 4, 2014)
"Klein ISD: 90 Seconds with Bret, 04/04/2017." 90 Seconds with Bret, Klein ISD, 4 Apr. 2017. When's the last time you visited a library in Klein ISD? You may be surprised at what you see during your next visit! Hear Klein Superintendent Bret A. Champion extoll the virtues of Klein libraries.
Related Policy Info
NCTE. "Statement on Classroom Libraries." NCTE.org, edited by NCTE,
NEA. New Research Study Details Growth, Staffing, Resources Trends in School Library/Media Centers. NEA, 2016. National Education Association.
"NJASL School Libraries Video." YouTube, uploaded by New Jersey Association of School Librarians, 27 Sept. 2012, . Also posted to http://www.ilovelibraries.org/school-libraries/why-are-school-libraries-essential with additional supporting information.
Articles older than 2016
Students Learn Better When Schools Keep Libraries. The TakeAway. by John Hockenberry. A radio interview with Sara Kelly Johns. (WNYC Radio and PRI, 16 July 2015). This interview happened in response to a piece about the losses of school libraries across the country (Kachel, Debra. "The Calamity of Disappearing School Libraries." The Conversation US. 13 July 2015). The interview opens with a few great listener quotes on how the campus library was important to their maturation, and follows with Kelly Johns furthering the awareness of the good that comes from strong school libraries.
"School Libraries: The Best Bang for Your Education Buck." by Claire Zinkin. (Minerva Reads Kids Books: Thoughts, Recommendations and Reviews. Minerva Reads, 2 June 2015.)
"School Libraries Vital to Literacy Rates Among Students." by Mercy Pilkington. (Good eReader, Feb. 9, 2015).
Hansen, Sidra. “Student Article: Not Just a Room with Books” (Lakeside High School, Hot Springs AR) (Library Media Tech Talk, January 14, 2015)
"Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google" by Mark Moran (Forbes 22 Mar. 2010)
School Libraries – Reinvented? Building a Culture of Collaboration to support student and educator success! by Judi Moreillon (Edublogs, 5 Jan. 2015).
"School Libraries - A Student Right." by Doug Johnson (Blue Skunk Blog, 4 July 2013.
The Teacher-Librarian/Administrator Relationship by Todd Samuelson (Connected Principals: Sharing, Learning, Leading blog May 31, 2015)
As Senate Begins Debating Education Bill, Happy Words and Better Libraries by Lyndsey Layton (Washington Post, July 8, 2015)
"An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian" by Jennifer LaGarde (The Adventures of Library Girl blog, May 25, 2015)
"School Libraries Vital to Literacy Rates Among Students" by Mercy Pilkington (GoodEReader, Feb. 9, 2015)
"Digital Native does not Equal Digital Literacy" by Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts (Principal, the journal of NAESP, January/February 2015) [republished in School Library Monthly blog; NAESP requires membership.]
"School Libraries Not What They Used to Be" by Paul Schott (Greenwich Time, January 31, 2015).
Digital Native does not Equal Digital Literacy by Ann M. Martin and Kathleen R. Roberts (Principal, January/February 2015)
Judi Moreillon's REBUTTAL to School Libraries Reinvented (linked below): School Libraries - Reinvented (posted Jan. 5, 2015)
Top 10 of 2014, No. 1: Libraries, reinvented with links to 5 related articles. (eSchool News, Daily Tech News and Innovation, January 2, 2015)
Alliance for Excellent Education: Leading In and Beyond the Library by Mary Ann Wolf, Rachel Jones, and Daniel Gilbert (January 2014)
“Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian.” by Lauren Barack. (SLJ Digital Shift blog, Sept. 19 2014 )
For Principals, from the Teachers Connecting with Teacher Librarians blog edited by Georgia Phillips in consultation with other members of The Hub: Campaign for Quality School Libraries in Australia.
"Educating a Child in 2014: Administrators &
School Librarians Partnering for Student
Success." by the Texas Association of School Librarians. 2014. PDF file. Written for use at conference booths hosted by the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL), and for distribution by TASL membership wherever useful.
Promoting Your School Library, a video from Australia Library & Information Association (January 6, 2014)
"Your Hidden Asset" by Paige Jaeger (Scholastic Administrator OpEd, Spring 2014, p.20-21)
"School Librarian Cutbacks Widen the Digital Divide" by Alison DeNisco (District Administration, August 2014)
"Using Evidence-based Practice to Promote Teacher Librarian Services" from "The World of Mrs. C: A Glimpse into the mind of a New Scheme Teacher, Career, Tutor and Student" (Jan. 20, 2014)
"Principal Support for the Teacher Librarian, what is it? And How to Get it?" from "The World of Mrs C: A Glimpse into the mind of a New Scheme Teacher, Career, Tutor and Student" (posted in Teacher Librarianship, Dec. 8, 2013)