The modern school library supports education in a
variety of ways. One essential role librarians play is that of a leader who
works collaboratively to build relationships, mold culture and climate, and
advocate for the needs of students and the community.
In this book, a librarian and an education leader team up to reflect on the
librarian’s ability to build connections in two ways. First, they discuss the
benefits of bringing the outside world into the library through the use of
social media, videoconferencing and other tools that allow librarians to partner
with others. Then they expand upon these connections by addressing how
librarians can lead in the greater educational community by sharing resources
and strategies, and partnering with school leaders to tell the story of the
This book will:
- Highlight the potential of librarians to empower
their students, their schools and their communities, and be learning leaders
in the digital age.
- Include stories of partnerships – from librarians and
administrators – illustrating how they can collaborate to create change by
harnessing the influence of the school library program to enhance the
- Explore how librarians serve as mentors to their
students, delving into many topics that define digital age literacy, including
the librarian’s role in reading advocacy, information validity, digital
citizenship and research.
- Make direct connections to the ISTE Standards for Students, Educators
and Education Leaders in each chapter.
Through this book, librarians will discover the influence they can have on
the school community as the library becomes the heart of the school, a place
where problems are solved, content is explored, connections are made and
About the Authors
is the innovation coordinator for instructional technology,
information and library media for the Parkway School District in St.
Louis, Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in instructional technology and a
certificate of online learning from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Throughout his more than 20-year career in education, he has held positions as a
middle and high school English teacher, technology integration specialist,
instructional coach and educational consultant. He has served as co-president of
the Educational Technology Association of Greater St. Louis and is
president-elect of the ISTE Board of Directors.
McClintock Miller is the K-12 district teacher
librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa. In 2013, she was named one
of the Faces of Innovation by Broadband for America, was one of 50 people
featured in the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook and was a featured
Connected Educator with the Connected Educators projects in partnership with the
U.S. Department of Education. In 2014, she was named a Library Journal Mover and
Shaker, and in 2016, she was awarded the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. She enjoys
blogging and recently published her first four children’s books about library
skills with Cantata Learning.