For immediate release | June 30, 2016

The innovative school librarian

CHICAGO — Raising important questions about the functions of the school librarian, the new second edition of “The Innovative School Librarian,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, takes a strategic approach to the leadership of school libraries. Editor Sharon Markless and contributors Elizabeth Bentley, Sarah Pavey, Sue Shaper, Sally Todd, and Carol Webb set out to encourage the reader to think outside the box for new approaches to traditional challenges. The book aims to inspire and enable school librarians to think creatively about their work and the community in which they operate. Addressing the practical issues facing school librarians, this new edition has been fully updated to incorporate curriculum revisions, resource changes, developments in the use and integration of technology, and new routes into the profession. Key topics covered include:

  • the librarian's vision and values;
  • bridging the gap between different visions for the school library;
  • identifying and understanding your community;
  • making a positive response to change;
  • keeping inspired and inspiring others in the library; and
  • integrating the library into teaching and learning.

Markless is Senior Lecture in Higher Education within King's Learning Institute where she draws on many years of experience in both teaching and research. She initially taught in secondary schools and further education before moving into H.E. in 1990 as a Senior Lecturer in Professional Development at Canterbury Christ Church University College. Bentley is Librarian and Learning Resource Centre Manager at Addey and Stanhope School. Pavey is an Independent Consultant and Trainer for school libraries. Visit her website at Todd is School Archivist at St. John’s School. Shaper is Director of Library Resources at The Broxbourne School. Dr. Webb is Head Librarian at Portsmouth Grammar School.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or

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