Information for Principals and Administrators
School Librarians are Learning Leaders
General Resources for
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.
AASL. Definition for an Effective School Library Program. (AASL Position Papers, 2016)
"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.
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)
"Educating a Child in 2018: Administrators & School Librarians Partnering for Student Success." by Texas Association of School Librarians, 2014. PDF file. Written for use at conference booths hosted by Texas Association of School Librarians, and for distribution by TASL membership wherever useful.
Evans, Maxwell. "Lawmakers Push to Require Librarians in Public Schools." Lansing City Pulse [Lansing MI], 11 May 2019.
"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.
School Librarians as Learning Leaders, part of the 2017-2018 AASL Presidential Initiative. Infographics, articles, reports and videos. Same information in an infographic format.
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.
Other Useful Links
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.
"Tuscaloosa educator uses Mount Kilimanjaro climb to promote school libraries." YouTube, uploaded by Tuscaloosa News, 16 July 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8Rr96PRoU0 . Andrew Maxey, director of special programs at Tuscaloosa City School, recently trekked Mount Kilimanjaro and used the trip as a way to draw attention to underfunded school libraries and the need for updated book circulations.
General Resources for
Principals & School Administrators
NEA. “Build Your School’s Opportunity Checklist.” NEA, 2019. Librarians are included in the “Quality Educators” section.
NCTE. "The Students' Right to Read." NCTE, 25 Oct. 2018.
Nemec-Loise, Jenna. "500 Words on School Libraries." News, North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka IL), 25 Apr. 2018.
Nesloney, Todd. "The Power of Books #SparksintheDark #TellYourStory." ToddNesloney, 5 June 2018.
"New National School Library Standards Encourage Students to Explore, Collaborate, Engage." District Administration, 2 July 2018.
Northern, Sam. Research Ambassadors. KQ, AASL, 16, 28 Feb. 2019.
Qaimari, Nader. "The Importance of School Librarians: The President of Follett School Solutions Explains Why School Librarians Are Worth Fighting For." Publishers Weekly, 15 June 2018.
QIS Parents Network. “Raising readers in the age of digital distraction.” Queensland Independent Schools Parent Network, 26 Feb. 2019.
School libraries help to bridge digital divide. Parent Today (Posted in Elementary, High School, Middle Years), 13 Feb 2019.
Watkins, Kaleb. "Patiently awaiting the first day of school so some student can say to me,'I don't read.' I love this kid. They have used that excuse for so long they actually believe it's true. My classroom library has the book for them. If it doesn't, I will buy it for them. Can't wait!!" Twitter, 29 July 2019.
Wersebe, Jeanna, and Laurie Stowell. "A Journey to Improve Collaboration Efforts between Stakeholders and Teacher Librarians: A Mixed Method Study." eScholarship, UC San Diego, 2019.
Wexler, Natalie. "Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years." Atlantic Magazine, 13 Apr. 2018. Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.
What Kids Are Reading. Renaissance. Download the report.
Wilkey, Erin. "10 Reasons School Librarians Are More Important than Ever." eSchool News, 30 May 2019.
Wyman-Blackburn, Steve. "How schools can help students realize the difference between real and fake news." District Administration, 16 Jan. 2017.