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Todaro ALA Initiative SCHOOL LIBRARIES WORKSPACE "Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library": School Librarian: Value and Measurables

Value of the School Librarian

AASL. Causality: School Libraries and Student Success. American Association of School Librarians National Research Forum-White Paper, Dec. 2014. Accessed 28 Feb. 2017.  This white paper serves to: "Capture the rich discussion emanating from the CLASS forum surrounding research and causality 2. Propose a progression of research methods and projects that will support efforts toward theory building, exploratory research, and demonstration research; and 3. Outline mechanisms by which a community of scholars can be cultivated and nurtured toward furthering the research agenda and its activities."

"IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto." 28 Mar. 2006. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Accessed 28 Feb. 2017. Letter. This international statement shares: "The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today's information and knowledge-based society. The school library equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens."

Kaaland, Christie, and Deborah Levitov, editors. “Advocacy Organizations.” Accessed 28 Feb. 2017. Site developed by Christie Kaaland, Deb Kachel, Deb Levitov to " provide innovative tools, guided advocacy, and resources to empower school librarians to develop advocacy skills."

Kuon, Tricia and Holly Weimar. “How Does Your Boss See You?: Proof That Principals Value Librarians. School Library Journal, 4 Sept. 2012. An informal survey (102 MS & 67 Principals) of how principals value school librarians, with tips on how to be viewed as leaders in the school. Big focus on technology. Intended audience is school principals and librarians.

LaGarde, Jennifer. "An Act of Justice: The School Librarian and Breaking the Cycle of Poverty." May 2016: Keynote slides.

Merrigan, Sharyn, and Craig Seasholes. "Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates." Washington Library Media Association, n.d.. 

Nelson, Janet. “Principals' Perspectives on the Value of School Librarians.” Ideas & Inspiration from Demco, Demco, Inc, 23 Mar. 2015, . Accessed 28 Feb. 2017. Judi Moreillon & Teresa Starrett received funding to make a fabulous video of clips of school administrators talking about why school libraries matter on their campuses. Watch the accompanying video.

Oakleaf, Megan and Patricia L. Owen. “Closing the 12-13 Gap Together: School and College Librarians Supporting 21st Century Learners.” Teacher Librarian 37.4 (2010): 52-58

Polos, Susan. “School Librarians Leading Out Loud.” Living in Dialogue, 4 Aug. 2014. Lots of excellent anecdotal references to many places around the country.

Reisz, Elizabeth. "Critical Issues in K-12 School Libraries." Maine Policy Review 22.1 (2013) : 118 -120.. Scholarly tone but great content.

Stripling, Barbara. School Librarians Transform Learning. American Libraries, 2014, pp. 6–9. American Libraries supplement and infographic. [Requires Flash.]

Stripling, Barbara. The Value of School Librarians, School Libraries, and School Library Systems. PDF. 

Valenza, Joyce. "A letter of support." 29 Apr. 2016. School Library Journal. Letter.  A letter that may be used as a template recently shared in a New Jersey crisis.

Valenza, Joyce. "Manifesto for 21st Century Teacher Librarians." Oct. 2010. Teacher Librarian, Letter. 

Valenza, Joyce. "Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School." NeverEnding Search, School Library Journal, 5 Apr. 2014. Further background on the Moreillon/Starrett video.

Valenza, Joyce. "School Libraries Transform." American Libraries, 1 Mar. 2016.  Having a transformative school library is an issue of equity.

School Libraries Are the Heart of the School

Video Citations

Principals Know: School Librarians Are the Heart of the School. Directed by Judi Moreillon and Teresa Starrett, Demco, 2014. YouTube.

School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. Capstone, 2014.


ALA Advocacy University. "School Library Snapshot." Advocacy University School Library Resources, American Library Association, n.d. A useful tool from ALA/AASL to make it easy for schools to post useful data about student use of library resources. It includes a Tracking Tool and a downloadable PDF that's easy to use. 

Adkins, Denice. "U.S. Students, Poverty, and School Libraries: What Results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment Tell Us." School Library Research, vol. 17, 2014, pp. 1-26. Education Resources Information Center.

Colorado Dept. of Ed.  Highly Effective School Library Program with rubric. Colorado Dept. of Ed., 2016.

Hall, Debbie, and Mary Chance. "Libraries in HISD." PDF. Feb. 2016.


Hand, Dorcas, and Debbie Hall. "HISD Needs Strong Libraries in HISD." Students need Libraries in HISD, Jan. 2016. Provides maps of the nine school board districts in Houston Independent School District to show how far it is for students in schools without libraries to get to another source of books, whether that source be a book store (B&N) or a public library branch.

Library Research Service. "School Libraries Impact Studies." School Library Research Service. Research reports and data about libraries from around the country.

Moreillon, Judi. "Leadership: School Librarian Evaluation." School Library Monthly, vol. 30, no. 2, Nov. 2013, pp. 24-25.

New York Library Association-SSL, and School Library System Association of New York State. "New York Library Association Rubric." Chart.


University of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania Association of School Librarians. "The School Librarian’s Guide to Success in the PA Department of Education Educator Effectiveness System: Using The Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs as a Foundation.", Pennsylvania Library Association, 4 Jan. 2016.

Scholastic. SCHOOL LIBRARIES WORK! A Compendium of Research Supporting the Effectiveness of School Libraries. Scholastic, 2016.,

Valenza, Joyce. "Evolving with Evidence: Leveraging New Tools for EBP." Knowledge Quest, Jan.-Feb. 2015, pp. 36-43. ."Just like other educators, school librarians must demonstrate evidence-based practice in their school library programs. This issue of Knowledge Quest investigates evidence-based practice and how school librarians can measure their effect on student learning objectives."

Slides developed from Joyce Valenza's article cited above:

School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian

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