The School Librarian as Curriculum Leader

by Jody K. Howard


This insider's guide provides concrete tips to help school librarians align library collections with the existing pre-K–12 curriculum and fulfill the role of an instructional leader in the school.

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March 2017

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Pages 116
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
  Librarian's Instructional Role/General
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As one of the only books to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the multifaceted role of school librarians in student success, this instructional guide offers everything you'll need to develop, align, and evaluate curriculum with your library collection in mind.

This reference provides school library professors with strategies and tips for creating future school leaders out of current LIS students. Drawing upon her extensive experience as a school librarian, author Jody K. Howard heralds the library professional's role as information specialist, instructional partner, and curriculum advocate. Her insider's perspective is rich with tested strategies to help students seamlessly integrate the responsibilities of their multiple roles into daily activities.

The work explains the process of curriculum mapping and collection development with an eye on teaching these tools to those new to the profession. The content provides methods for developing guided inquiry lessons in collaboration with teachers, illustrates ways to develop leadership skills while aligning the collection with the curriculum, and offers strategies for working alongside curriculum committees and classroom teachers to build a cohesive educational program. The final chapter explores the roles and responsibilities of school librarians at the district, state, and national level.


  • Includes charts, tables, models, and discussion questions to aid school library professors
  • Provides strategies for developing, aligning, and evaluating curriculum
  • Features specific process examples for effective collection development
  • Explains both horizontal and vertical curriculum mapping
Author Info

Jody K. Howard, PhD, has educated school librarians and other library professionals at Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Old Dominion University, and Emporia State University. Her published works include numerous articles in the school library area, including "The Relationship between School Culture and the School Library Program: Four Case Studies." This article appeared in School Library Research and was selected as a top-twenty library instruction article of 2010 by the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). Howard received her doctorate in library and information management from Emporia State University.

Topic Centers


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: What is Curriculum? Chapter 2: What is Curriculum Leadership? Chapter 3: School Culture and School Relationships Chapter 4: Curriculum Mapping Chapter 5: Collection Mapping Chapter 6: Collection Development Chapter 7: Instructional Partner and Change Chapter 8: The Learning Community Chapter 9: Teacher and School Librarian Partnership Chapter 10: Beyond the School
  • A Final Word References Index

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