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Book Reviews: Never stop reimagining the role of the school librarian


Never stop reimagining the role of the school librarian

THIS book challenges the reader to “never stop reimagining the role and relevance of the school librarian to positively impact student achievement and to recognise our role as catalysts for teaching and learning”. The author recognises that most school librarians do not have any way to advance or to become role models within the hierarchy – but that librarians cannot be advocates without also being leaders. Thus the aim of the book is to look at the steps for school librarians to become leaders within their establishments. It is written in three parts, with each chapter having a list of key ideas and bibliography/notes to references in the text. Part one looks at the first steps required: the reasons for being a leader; the qualities needed; organising your workload; and the librarian as teacher.

Part two encourages the reader to consider their strengths and skill set, looks at how to be a team player via building relationships and considers various methods of communication. Part three includes: ensuring you are seen as vital and indispensable; staying current; having a plan and knowing your goals; as well as empowering stakeholders. This is an extremely relevant and useful book that is an easy read. It is solution oriented with lots of examples of good practice plus ideas to adapt to individual situations. Although it has a US slant, there is much that UK (and other) school librarians would find beneficial and could use to reflect on their current practices.


Contributor: Barbara Band, School Library Consultant
Published:12 September 2018


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