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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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."

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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.
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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)

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