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The Innovative School Librarian By Sharon Markless

The Innovative School Librarian by Sharon Markless

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Offers a strategic look at some of the issues of concern to school librarians. This title addresses the practical issues through the use of vignettes submitted by leaders in the field. It is suitable for school librarians, practitioners in schools library services, and students of librarianship.

The Innovative School Librarian Summary

The Innovative School Librarian: Thinking Outside the Box by Sharon Markless

This book takes a strategic look at some of the issues currently of concern to school librarians. It is not a "how to run a school library" guide. Instead it raises important questions about the functions of the school librarian and sets out to encourage the reader to think outside the box. It takes a strategic approach to the leadership of school libraries examining notions of professionalism, their effect on identity and models of library practice. This book aims to inspire and enable school librarians to think creatively about their work and the community in which they operate.

Written by leaders in the field, it addresses the practical issues through the use of vignettes, and appendices offer examples of sample documents. The book is divided into three main areas: Who is the Librarian?; Your Community: from perceptions to practice; and Moving Forward.

Key topics covered include:

- the librarian's vision and values
- how others see us
- bridging the gap between different visions for the school library
- identifying and understanding your community
- making a positive response
- keeping inspired and inspiring others
- integrating the library
- innovating.

Readership: This is an essential, thought-provoking book for all school librarians, practitioners in schools library services, and students of librarianship. It has plenty to interest school leadership, headteachers, educational thinkers, public library managers and local government officers and also has an international audience.

The Innovative School Librarian Reviews

"...more books of this quality about school libraries are needed." -- New Library World "Overall, this is an important book for school librarians, as it provides the basis for an evaluation of the school librarian's role, as a strategic planner, as a developer of information literate students, as an ICT leader and innovator and as an inspiration to students." -- Library Review "...quite the volume to help readers better grasp the limits and options librarians can undertake in order to achieve their goals. Enhanced with appendixes filled with useful references, The Innovative School Librarian should be at the right hand of every ambitious librarian, and is a solid entry into any collection dedicated to library science." -- The Midwest Book Review

About Sharon Markless

Sharon Markless BA PGCE MAEd Hon FCLIP Consultant, Information Management Associates, and Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, King's College London, (editor),

Table of Contents

PART 1: WHO IS THE LIBRARIAN 1. Professionalism and the school librarian 2. How others see us 3. Bridging the gap PART 2: YOUR COMMUNITY: FROM PERCEPTIONS TO PRACTICE 4. Identifying and understanding your community 5. Making a positive response PART 3: MOVING FORWARD 6. Inspiration 7. Becoming integral to teaching and learning 8. Innovation References Appendix 1. Levels of education Appendix 2. School library self-evaluation questions Appendix 3. Sample survey of teachers' perceptions of the role of the school librarian Appendix 4. SWOT analysis Appendix 5. Choosing priorities in development planning - sample grid Appendix 6. An example of a completed self-evaluation Appendix 7. Some possibilities for gaining inspiration in the UK Appendix 8. Tools for managing change Appendix 9. Managing change: process and principles.

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The Innovative School Librarian: Thinking Outside the Box by Sharon Markless
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