Leadership and the School Librarian: Essays from Leaders in the Field

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $25.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 44%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $25.00   
  • New (2) from $42.52   
  • Used (5) from $0.00   


In order for school librarians to continue to play a crucial role in improving student achievement, their leadership skills must be evident to administrators, teachers, students, and to the community. This book identifies the librarians' leadership role and provides ideas that will allow school library media specialists to utilize leadership skills in advocacy, collaboration, instruction, literature guidance, curriculum development, and professional growth. As librarians take a greater leadership role in the school improvement process, administrative leaders will rise up to take the advocacy role for school libraries.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Librarian leadership roles are identified and readers are provided with ideas that will allow school library media specialists to use their leadership skills in advocacy, collaboration, instruction, literature, guidance, curriculum development and professional growth. Offering advice from practicing librarians, this book teaches readers how to improve instruction and to use their leadership skills to make a difference in their school library and school."


District Administration

VOYA - Christine Sanderson
In this collection by Lankford, leadership is the recurring theme. Written by seven Texas library media specialists, the essays examine primary areas of professional responsibility: advocacy, collection development, finances, collaboration, professional development, and information access, focusing on the leadership opportunities that these areas afford. Lankford opens the book with a discussion of the attributes common to all leaders, corporate, political, and academic. JoAnn Moore's essay identifies three steps needed when advocating for libraries, "a good program, identifying and working with decision makers, and involving others to gain support." Collection Development, by Betty Carter, discusses setting up a library and choosing books in keeping with the school library's mission statement. Jim Hundemer's essay offers advice on making budget presentations. Collaboration by Mary Frances Long reminds the reader that working collaboratively means that "you will need to continuously work to expand and strengthen your skills and abilities." Mary Beth Green's Professional Development discusses various types of professional development activities and how to plan them. Barbara Bertoldo offers case studies on the role of the librarian as a learner-centered teacher in the information age. Striking a balance between theory and practical solutions, this book offers something of interest to both new and experienced media specialists. Its focus on the professional as a leader is a unifying theme. Each essay is thoroughly documented allowing for further reading. For those working in the field looking for a resource created by and for media specialists, this would be a good choice.
School Library Journal
Lankford has called upon six of her Texas colleagues, Marybeth Green, Betty Carter, Jim Hundemer, Barbara Bertoldo, Mary Frances Long, and JoAnn Moore, to assemble this review of leadership. In a conversational style, she introduces her long-standing interest in the topic and reviews the current literature and research on the qualities of a good leader. The six central chapters cover the many responsibilities and roles of an LMS: advocacy, collection development, financial support, collaboration, professional development, and learner-centered teaching. The foundation for each chapter is Information Power, and the cement is student achievement. Within that framework, each author describes the stated role from the perspective of leadership. The intended audience might seem obvious, but the chapters shift between a building level and administrative focus. The lengthy list of the must-dos and the required range of expertise outlined in each chapter will give new media specialists serious cause for anxiety. Lankford's parting words, "You may believe you are running as fast as you can, but you can not slow down," will leave experienced leaders gasping for breath. Problems with confusing sentence structure, typos, missing definitions, and mislabeled tables all detract from the book's quality. An LMS who has been keeping current with the literature and attending conferences will not find much new here. Purchase this for a concise review or brief introduction to leadership.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586831912
  • Publisher: Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)