For immediate release | June 27, 2018

Judi Moreillon on maximizing school librarian leadership

CHICAGO — How do school librarians best serve students, classroom teachers, and principals simultaneously? The key, argues Judi Moreillon, is to lead. By embracing a leadership role, school librarians can work collaboratively to positively impact school cultures, curricula, and teaching practices. The inspiration, guidance, and strategies presented in “Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy,” published by ALA Editions, will support school librarians as they make and sustain connections and advocate for their central role in future-ready learning. Demonstrating the conceptual insight that have made her previous books bestsellers, Moreillon:

  • details how school librarians, in their leadership and instructional partner roles, can make essential connections that build and sustain a culture of learning in their schools;
  • addresses AASL’s new National School Library Standards and recently published AASL position statements;
  • bridges school librarians’ practice with the work of education thought leaders and educational initiatives, such as Future Ready Librarians and the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Students and Educators; and
  • includes a study guide complete with discussion questions, activities, and reflection questions for each chapter to support readers in using this book as a book study selection.

Moreillon is a literacies and libraries consultant and a staunch advocate for the leader and instructional partner roles of school librarians. A 2017-2018 mentor for the Lilead Project, she served for thirteen years as a coteaching school librarian at all three instructional levels. In addition, she taught graduate students in library science for twenty-one years, most recently as an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University. She has also served as a district-level school librarian mentor, a literacy coach, a classroom teacher, and a preservice classroom teacher educator. She currently chairs AASL’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy Task Force and is a member of the ALA/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation. Her previous books include “Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact” and “Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact.” Her homepage is

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Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy"

"Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option"

"National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (AASL Standards)"


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