Hot off the Presses: The Many Faces of School Library Leadership

Here at School Library Connection, we’re excited to share that the new edition of The Many Faces of School Library Leadership, edited by Sharon Coatney and Violet H. Harada, is hot off the presses. Completely revised and updated with new contributions, this book examines the responsibility to lead in many areas and identifies the real-world, day-to-day application of established theory and best practices.

We at SLC are fortunate that the book’s editors have asked us to host a continuing discussion around its important topics here on the blog, so please use the comments section below to start a conversation, ask a question, engage in dialog, or just follow along! Sharon, Vi, and all of us at SLC are looking forward to a great conversation.

(Faculty interested in course adoption can request a digital exam copy of The Many Faces here.)

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The Power of Yes

We’re thrilled to welcome Leslie Preddy as our new Instructional Leadership Topic Center Editor. She brings with her years of experience as a librarian and active involvement in professional organizations as well as a tireless devotion to promoting reading among children everywhere. Please join us in welcoming Leslie to the fold and read on to find out what makes Leslie so successful at what she does.

Everything wonderful to happen to me professionally is because I said yes. Yes to opportunity. Yes to chance. Yes to appropriate change. Yes to developing new skills. Yes to engaging in new experiences. Yes to new additions to my professional learning network. Embracing the role of Instructional Leadership editor for School Library Connection is an exciting event in my life that has already helped to enrich my life both personally and professionally.

Situational Awareness

The U.S. Coast Guard defines situational awareness as “the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission. More simply, it’s knowing what is going on around you.”* Professionally, our team consists of school library educators, school library staff, our building staff, and the youth we serve. The mission is to prepare our youth for a future of learning, reading, and engagement within their community and throughout their lives. To get there, we can’t continue to be who we were and do what we did. We must evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities and profession. Sometimes that means change for the library. A few years ago I realized my students’ reading motivation and abilities were deteriorating. I seized this opportunity to lead some action research within my building where we found a way to successfully engage our students and increase their time spent reading, reading interest, and reading scores on standardized tests. We knew that being situationally aware meant sharing what we had learned with other educators: through articles, resources, a book, and many conference presentations with the school librarian and classroom teachers collaboratively presenting and sharing our successful program and process. When situationally aware, there is recognition for  change, need, or action, whether at the building, local, state, national, or international level, and putting together a team and action plan to do something about it. Continue reading “The Power of Yes”

Thank You & Come Back Soon!
Announcing Our 2017–2018 Editorial

A group of SLC editors and advisors hashing out our 2017–2018 issue themes at ALA Midwinter, Atlanta. From left to right: Sabrina Carnesi, Leslie B. Preddy, Carl A. Harvey II, Dr. Maria Cahill, Terry Young, Liz Deskins, Debra Kay Logan, Dr. Peggy Milam Creighton, and Dr. Rebecca J. Morris.

Believe it or not, behind the scenes, February is the time of year where we’re wrapping up work on the current volume of School Library Connection. While our readers are still waiting for their copy of the March issue to arrive—in both their mailboxes and inboxes—we’re actually already hard at work putting the final touches on our May/June articles before they move into design. So while you may still have several months of the current volume left to enjoy, this is the time of year where we get to say THANK YOU to all the authors in our community who make School Library Connection the incredible professional publication it is.

This is also the time of year where we get to look ahead with excitement to the next volume, and we’re thrilled to share this list of themes for the issues of next year’s print magazine. We warmly welcome back our past authors and look forward to reading your ideas. Just as importantly, we welcome new and first-time authors—we consider it part of our mission to provide a platform for new voices, so don’t be shy!

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Announcing Our 2017–2018 Editorial

Research Opportunities Abound at the Reinberger Children’s Library Center:
A Collection of Special Collections

pic1a_marantz-picturebook-collection_405A new year brings new opportunities. Why not consider applying for a fellowship with our friends at the Reinberger Children’s Library Center at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS)? The application period begins January 30th… so start mulling!

In case you missed it, this article by Michelle Baldini from our December online bonus issue provides more detail about the fellowships and some of the amazing research work by recent fellows. (And in case you missed the entire December issue online, subscribers can find an index of all the new articles by clicking here.)

Social justice in children’s books? Homelessness, immigrants, and indigenous communities in literature for children? Picture book research?

Academic research on picture books and other forms of children’s and youth literature is exactly what takes place in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). The Reinberger boasts a collection of more than 40,000 picture books, original picture book art, posters relating to picture books that date back to 1924, historical children’s books, and more. This non-circulating special collection makes the school distinctive among other accredited American Library Association schools and youth library centers. Continue reading “Research Opportunities Abound at the Reinberger Children’s Library Center:
A Collection of Special Collections”

Coteaching: A Strategic Evidence-Based Practice for Collaborating School Librarians

moreillon_judiHave you preregistered for Dr. Judi Moreillon’s upcoming webinar on EdWeb, “Classroom-Library Coteaching 4Student Success“? Join Dr. Moreillon and our colleagues from Libraries Unlimited on October 13th at 5:00 PM EDT for an interactive exploration of strategies for identifying potential collaborative partners, electronic collaborative planning tools, providing evidence of the value and efficacy of classroom-library collaboration, and much more. The best part? Joining our EdWeb community, SLC @ the Forefront, is 100% free.

To whet your appetite we’re sharing this gem of Dr. Moreillon’s from the March 2016 issue. Happy collaborating!

The collaborative classroom teacher–school librarian model can take various forms. Educators can co-develop a library collection aligned with the classroom curriculum. They can co-plan schoolwide literacy events or promotions such as Love of Reading Week, Poetry Day, or the book fair. Educators can collaborate to plan for a makerspace or technology purchases. They can collaborate to develop strategies for integrating technology tools and resources into students’ learning. They can also coteach by co-planning, co-implementing, and co-assessing standards-based lessons and units of instruction. Of all of these collaborative possibilities, coteaching, has been shown to make a measurable difference in student learning outcomes. Continue reading “Coteaching: A Strategic Evidence-Based Practice for Collaborating School Librarians”

A Wise and Blithe Spirit

School Library Connection is proud to continue LMC‘s tradition in sponsoring an annual ALISE award to recognize outstanding research in library materials and services to young people. This year’s award submission deadline of September 22nd is fast approaching!—readers interested in submitting will find more information at ALISE’s website here.

As we eagerly look forward to reading the next winning paper, we’re excited to share this past winner by Sharon McQueen that was presented at the 2014 ALISE conference.

Mary Hill Arbuthnot with the third edition of Children and Books, photo 1969. The Cleveland Press Collection, Special Collections, Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University.
May Hill Arbuthnot with the third edition of Children and Books, photo 1969. The Cleveland Press Collection, Special Collections, Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University.

May Hill Arbuthnot is still with us in her books, a wise and blithe spirit.
— Zena Sutherland

The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. Each year, an Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee chooses “an individual of distinction who shall prepare and present a paper which shall be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature” (ALSC 6). The location of the lectureship changes each year, as host institutions must apply and vie for the honor.

In 2006, I was a faculty member in the School of Library & Information Science, University of Kentucky (UK-SLIS) and served as Director of both The McConnell Center for the Study of Youth Literature and the annual McConnell Youth Literature Conference. Keven Henkes had been selected as the 2007 Arbuthnot lecturer, and I hoped The McConnell Center would be chosen to host the award.

In an effort to make the application as competitive as possible, I wanted to learn more about the Arbuthnot Lecture. As a sociocultural historian of children’s literature and biographer of individuals connected with the field, I was curious: Who the heck was May Hill Arbuthnot? At the time, I was not able to research Arbuthnot’s life and the history of the lectureship as deeply as I’d have liked. Much to the delight of everyone at UK-SLIS, The McConnell Center was chosen as the 2007 Arbuthnot Lecture site, and my attention was drawn back to the present.

After serving as an Arbuthnot Lecture Host Site Committee Chair, I supported several subsequent Host Site Chairs in an advisory capacity and was invited to serve on the ALSC Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee as well. Over the years, I eagerly spoke with ALSC members and others in the field of librarianship about May Hill Arbuthnot and the lectureship named in her honor. Though most had heard of the Arbuthnot Lecture, few knew who May Hill Arbuthnot was or why a lectureship had been named for her. Many knew she was considered to be one of the foremothers of our field but did not know why. Many were very much surprised to learn that Arbuthnot was not a children’s librarian. And yet, May Hill Arbuthnot made significant, lasting contributions that have shaped reading, children’s literature, and library youth services as we know them today. Continue reading “A Wise and Blithe Spirit”