The new edition of Donham’s groundbreaking text for school librarians

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/14/2020


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Rapid change calls for informed leadership. The goal of Jean Donham’s “Enhancing Teaching and Learning: A Leadership Guide for School Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, has always been to help school library professionals make a difference in the educational experience and academic attainment of students in their schools. With the addition of new co-author Chelsea Sims, a junior high school librarian, the newly revised fourth edition rises to the challenge with updates and enhancements that confirm its value as an important resource for both LIS students and current school librarians. Covering all aspects of the school system, including students, curriculum and instruction, principals, district administration, and the community, it demonstrates how to interact and collaborate in order to integrate the school library program throughout these environments. Inside, readers will find:

  • myriad real-world examples of issues in school librarianship and evidence-based practice;
  • discussion of such urgent topics as the educational needs of the iGen (those born between 1995 and 2012), changing reading habits, the influence of the media, and news literacy and other issues related to the proliferation of fake news;
  • updates which touch upon the new AASL Standards, inquiry-based learning, assessment, and library program evaluation;
  • specific tactics for establishing the library program as an active player in teaching and learning;
  • an overview of education-related technology such as course management systems, the virtual library, makerspaces, information presentation and data representation tools like ScreenCast and Google Maps, online home-school communication, and online student safety and privacy; and
  • end-of-chapter discussion scenarios that explore opportunities for the practical application of concepts.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Donham is a retired 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. The author of numerous professional articles, Dr. Donham has been a presenter at international, 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. Sims is a junior high school librarian in Iowa City, Iowa. Previously, she served as an elementary school librarian, and an instructional design strategist for innovation and technology. She is an active presenter at conferences locally and statewide and has served in various leadership roles within AASL and ALA affiliate organizations. She has contributed to Teacher Librarian and to V. H. Harada and S. Coatney’sInquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning.” In 2018 she was named an AASL Social Media Superstar for Student Voice.

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