Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Innovative School Librarian, 2nd Edition

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Innovative School Librarian, 2nd Edition

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The Innovative School Librarian, 2nd edition. By Sharon Markless, Elizabeth Bentley, Sarah Pavey, Sue Shaper, Sally Todd, and Carol Webb. London: Facet, 2016. 224 p. Paper $85 (ISBN 978-1-78330-055-6).

The Innovative School Librarian offers an in-depth analysis of the factors that create and perpetuate school environments conducive to library learning. The authors allow readers to consider ideas about enhancing their professional image, acquiring community support, relying on evidence, and seeking inspiration from an array of sources.

The book includes vignettes of librarians in a variety of environments, including both public and private schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The main message throughout the book is that the role of the librarian ought to be one of "management of change and leadership of learning" (53). However, it acknowledges from the beginning the frequent conflict between theory and practice and offers examples of solutions for frustrated professionals. Suggestions include cultivating a positive image through professionalism, making library learning visible throughout the school, evaluating methods formally and informally, and using quantitative and qualitative facts to support practice. Additional advice includes collecting information from as many groups of stakeholders as possible and thoroughly understanding the community of learners. …

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