For immediate release | July 12, 2013

Donham’s updated leadership guide for school librarians

CHICAGO — The new third edition of “Enhancing Teaching and Learning, Third Edition: A Leadership Guide for School Librarians,” by Jean Donham, shows how to take a proactive role in shaping instruction by learning how to develop and implement a library media program and integrate it into the total educational experience. This extensively revised and updated guide, published by ALA Neal-Schuman, covers all aspects of the school system: students, curriculum and instruction, principals, district administration, and the community. It demonstrates how to interact and collaborate in order to integrate the school library media program throughout these environments, offering:

  • Real-life examples of issues in school librarianship, including common staff structures, budget issues and more;
  • Current statistics and research results on early learning, child poverty and other topics;
  • A new chapter on "the virtual school library";
  • Expanded coverage of nonfiction and complex texts.

Donham is a professor in the School Library Studies graduate program at the University of Northern Iowa. Previously she was library director at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Prior to her appointment there, she was a tenured member of the faculty in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. She served as district coordinator for library and technology programs in the Iowa City Community School District for 13 years. Author of numerous professional articles, she has presented at national, regional and state conferences. Active in the Iowa Association of School Librarians, she was the first recipient of that organization’s Media Professional of the Year. In addition, she served as a member of the board for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

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"Enhancing Teaching and Learning, Third Edition: A Leadership Guide for School Librarians"

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