May/June 2012 Issue

Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community, a video podcast series delivering brief and practical advice from respected school library leaders on important questions about school libraries today and in the future. Questions are based on the themes of Knowledge Quest issues. 

Want to share your thoughts?  Be sure to leave a comment below!

Q: How do school library programs contribute to the development of the whole child?

Sean Slade, MEd., serves as the Director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD a global educational leadership organization. He has over 20 years of experience in education in a career that has encompassed 4 continents and 5 countries. He has written extensively on topics related to the Whole Child, health and well-being and seeks to shift public dialogue about education from a purely academic focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. Sean also writes regular blogs for Washington Post’s The Answer Sheet, as well as ASCD's Inservice and Whole Child blogs.

Jami L. Jones is an associate professor in the Department of Library Science at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She is co-author (with Gail Bush) of Tales Out of the School Library: Developing Professional Dispositions (Libraries Unlimited 2010) and books and articles on the role of the school librarian to prevent dropout, nurture resilient students, and foster creativity school library programs. Jami guest edited the May/June 2012 Knowledge Quest issue on "Caring is Essential."

Kafi Kumasi is an assistant professor for the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Her research explores the intersections of urban education, school librarianship, multicultural education, and adolescent literacy. Her recent research has centered on examining cultural-competence preparation among library and information science students. An article reporting on this research, entitled “Are We There Yet? Results of a Gap Analysis to Measure LIS Students’ Prior Knowledge and Actual Learning of Cultural Competence Concepts,” was selected as a 2011 ALISE Best Conference Paper and appears in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 52, no. 4.

Olga Nesi is the library coordinator for the New York City School Library System at the Office of Library Services, NYC Department of Education.

What do you think? Login and leave your thoughts below.