For immediate release | May 20, 2013

New AASL publication presents the best of instructional partnerships

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) expanded its Best of Knowledge Quest (KQ) series with the release of “Instructional Partnerships: A Pathway to Leadership.” Edited by Judi Moreillon and Susan Ballard, the book brings together seminal articles to support pre-service and in-service school librarians in developing and strengthening the instructional partner role. The publication is available in both print and e-book formats, as well as in a print/e-book bundle, and can be purchased through the ALA online store.

“Instructional Partnerships” provides readers with background knowledge, research-based evidence and examples of instructional partnerships in action. Serving in this role positions school librarians as key faculty in improving student learning outcomes through building collaborative partnerships for instruction. These articles, published between 1998 and 2012, have stood the test of time and attest to AASL’s long-time commitment to school librarians serving in this vital capacity. Valuable for both novices and seasoned instructional partners, this monograph offers a guide to success on this pathway to leadership.

“AASL recognizes and promotes the role of the school librarian as an instructional partner,” said Ballard. “Our program guidelines emphasize the essential need to collaborate with other teachers to help implement the curriculum and provide students with every opportunity to learn through thoughtful instructional design, delivery and assessment. It was an honor to work with Judi and select an array of outstanding articles which provide important background knowledge, research-based evidence and examples of partnerships in action to help guide school librarians on the pathway to leadership.”

AASL members Moreillon and Ballard co-edited the March/April 2012 issue of Knowledge Quest which featured articles on coteaching. Moreillon, an assistant professor in the school of library and information studies at Texas Woman’s University, is the current chair of the Knowledge Quest editorial board and has authored several books and an Animoto video to spotlight the benefits of coteaching. Ballard, a lecturer at the University of Vermont and an adjunct professor at Simmons College/GSLIS, is the current AASL president and a member of the ALA school library task force. She is also a past-president of the New Hampshire Educational Media Association (NHEMA) and of the New England School Library Association (NESLA). She has written numerous articles for professional publications.

AASL offers a rich variety of publications on topics essential to school librarians everywhere. For a complete listing of publications available from AASL, visit the AASL books and products page. To celebrate the publication's launch, AASL will open the Knowledge Quest webinar for the March/April 2012 issue on coteaching for 30 days.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


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