Independent Schools Section (ISS)

The general purpose of this section shall be in accordance with that of the American Association of School Librarians. The specific purpose of this section shall be to provide a means for discussion of and action on the problems relating to all phases of non-public school librarianship. ISS Strategic Plan 2019-2024

2023 - 2024 Leadership


Neha Thakkar
School Librarian
The Avery Coonley School


Amanda Lucas
Riverside Presbyterian Day School


Kate Lewallen
Head Librarian
The Webb School


Hannah Byrd Little
Library Director
The Webb School

Staff Liaison

Sylvia Knight Norton
AASL Headquarters

Past ISS Section Leadership


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Archived Webinars

Archived Webchats

  • The "What If?" Scenario: What Your Library Needs to Run Without You
  • Particularly relevant during a pandemic, this session, originally presented at ALA Annual in 2018, presents the documents, systems, and fail safes every librarian needs to have in place for someone else to step in and do their job to keep the library running. Whether you are a new librarian planning good systems or an experienced librarian thinking about succession planning as you approach retirement, every participant should come away with a host of ideas as well as templates and shared resources to guide their work.
  • Read and Reflect on "This Book is Anti-Racist" by Tiffany Jewell
    Do you want to read "This Book is Anti-Racist" by Tiffany Jewell with your class or staff? Are you looking for more books and ideas to keep the robust conversation going? Neha Thakkar shares resources to use in your book club around anti-racist texts and discussion.
  • Programs Aplenty: Virtual Edition!
    Anna Brannin provides activity ideas and relevant resources to stay connected with students and ideas for virtual or passive programming.
  • Managing Library Teams in Complex Times
    Sarah Davis and Reba Gordon explore practical ways to set goals and priorities, and manage library teams to best provide essential services during this new hyflex learning environment
  • A Conversation on Self-Care
    Where are balance and rejuvenation in 2020 and beyond? Listen as Independent Schools Section Chair-Elect Jenna Nemec-Loise and her colleague Terri Webb, LCSW, for a timely dialogue about personal wellness.

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