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 Policies  |  ISS Strategic Plan 2019-2024

2021 - 2022 Leadership


Jenna Nemec-Loise
North Shore Country Day
Director of Library and Information LIteracy


Kate Lewallen
Webb School of Knoxville
Head Librarian


Maegen Rose
Rye Country Day School
Middle School Librarian
New York


Bianca N. Spurlock
St. Catherine's School
Middle and Upper School Librarian

Past ISS Section Leadership  


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ISS 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.

Crowd Sourced DEI Resource List

School Library Programs Create Lifelong Learners
Developed by the Independent School Section, this brochure is a guide to help students and parents evaluate independent school libraries.