Libraries Unlimited - Professional Development

History and Mission

Libraries Unlimited was founded by the distinguished educator and scholar Dr. Bohdan S. Wynar (1926–2013). Wynar was a professor at the University of Denver’s Library Science School where he witnessed firsthand the need for quality resources, guides, and textbooks to help further professional development and support teaching. The response to the publication of Wynar’s book Introduction to Cataloging and Classification was so overwhelming that in 1964 Wynar started his own publishing company—what is known today as Libraries Unlimited.

Wynar created American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) in 1970 in response to demand from librarians. ARBA quickly became the most comprehensive annual review source of reference works available. Now available in an accessible online format, this monumental compendium continues to help library professionals find information and build robust reference collections.

As part of the ABC-CLIO, LLC, umbrella since 2008, Libraries Unlimited remains committed to serving academic, public, school, and special libraries by producing library science textbooks, reference works, practical handbooks, and professional guides of unparalleled quality. Today, with more than 2,000 publications in both print and electronic formats, Libraries Unlimited continues its mission to cultivate and maintain a supportive community where librarians, archivists, and information specialists can learn about and discuss leading-edge trends and acquire new skills through every phase of their careers. 

The Team
Leadership Team

Libraries Unlimited is led by Editorial Director David Paige. David is dedicated to fostering connections with librarians, authors, and educators; finding innovative ways to support learning and librarianship; and adopting new technologies that allow digital information to serve librarians and their patrons better.

David Paige Imagine where you want to be in your library career next year, and the year after. What new learning opportunities will help you get there? We can help you master assessment, inquiry and instruction, privacy issues, RDA, the science of storytelling, plus hundreds of other professional topics. For more than 50 years, Libraries Unlimited has promoted the premise that librarians and their patrons should not be—and cannot be—limited in their search for knowledge. Libraries Unlimited offers a world of new opportunities—new ideas, techniques, and inspiration to make your library’s potential truly unlimited.”

— David Paige, Editorial Director

Meet Some of the Team:

The Libraries Unlimited editorial team consists of 10 esteemed professionals who have held premier positions within the industry and have received highly distinguished awards, such as The Crystal Apple Award, the AASL Distinguished Service Award and the OELMA 2015 Presidential Award.


LynnLynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD, is a senior research scientist at OCLC Research where she leads user studies and the digital visitors and residents project. She was chair of the ALA ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee and is an international and national speaker on how individuals get their information and engage with technology as well as on the assessment and development of user-centered library services. Connaway held the Chair of Excellence position at the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; was a visiting researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield; and was a visiting scholar at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has received research funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States and from Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK. Connaway is the coauthor of the fourth, fifth and sixth editions of Basic Research Methods for Librarians and has authored numerous other publications.

NicoleNicole A. Cooke, PhD, MLS, is assistant professor at The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award, an accolade given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. Cooke was an ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois and was instruction librarian and tenured assistant professor at Montclair State University's (NJ) Sprague Library. Cooke earned her master's degree in library science and doctorate in communication, information, and library studies from Rutgers University and received a Master of Education in adult education from Penn State. She has published a book and several articles about library instruction and information literacy, and written numerous articles and book chapters on distance learning and pedagogy, human information behavior, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. Cooke has been named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and received the 2013 Norman Horrocks Leadership Award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). Her website is

JoyceJoyce Armstrong Carroll EDD, HLD, is codirector of Abydos Literacy Learning. She is the author of more than 20 professional books and more than 50 professional articles. Carroll holds an honorary degree from Georgian Court University for her "mark on the world of education and in so doing influenced the future for good," and was awarded the Edmund J. Farrell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.

Diana F. MarksDiana F. Marks consults with teachers, parents, children, and school districts to help enhance learning and develop curricula. Previously, she was a teacher for gifted students. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Let's Celebrate Today: Calendars, Events, and Holidays, Volumes 1 and 2 and Children's Book Award Handbook. She has a master's degree in education.

Randi SchmidtRandell K. Schmidt is head librarian at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ. Her published works include Library Unlimited's A Guided Inquiry Approach to High School Research. She is also the lead author of Teaching the Scientific Literature Review: Collaborative Lessons for Guided Inquiry, Second Edition. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers University.

Megan EgbertMegan Egbert is district programs manager, Meridian Library District, ID. She is a book reviewer for School Library Journal and served on ABC-CLIO's 2014 Jury for "Best Book in Library Literature." Active in local, regional, and national professional organizations, she is a member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)'s Managing Youth Services committee. Egbert has written articles for Huffington Post and for and has presented for the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) on the topic of circulating technology. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Creating Makers: How to Start a Learning Revolution at Your Library.

Christie KaalandChristie Kaaland, EdD, is professor in the School of Education at Antioch University Seattle, where she designed and currently directs the school library certification program. Prior to joining Antioch, she worked for 11 years as a school librarian. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery in School Libraries: Creating a Safe Haven and Activism and the School Librarian: Tools for Advocacy and Survival.

HavenKiersten F. Latham is assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, Kent, OH, where she has developed the museum studies specialization within the MLIS program.

John E. Simmons is an international museum consultant and lecturer who has worked in museums for more than 40 years. He has published widely on the care of natural history collections, collections management, and policy development.

Their published works include ABC-CLIO's Foundations of Museum Studies: Evolving Systems of Knowledge.

HavenKendall Haven is a master storyteller and author of 34 books who has conducted writing workshops at over 1,600 schools. Previously, Haven spent eight years as a senior research scientist for the Department of Energy.

His published works include ABC-CLIO's Story Smart: Using the Science of Story to Persuade, Influence, Inspire, and Teach and Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story.

TanziNicholas Tanzi, MLS, is the head of digital services at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library in Shirley, NY. He is the vice-president/president-elect of the Computer and Technical Services Division of Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA), a regional chapter of the New York Library Association. Tanzi obtained his master's degree in library science from CUNY Queens College.

His published works include ABC-CLIO's Making the Most of Digital Collections through Training and Outreach: The Innovative Librarian's Guide.

NutefallJennifer E. Nutefall, MLS, is university librarian at Santa Clara University and the organizer of Extending Our Reach: The Inaugural Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning, held in 2014. She holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a master of library science degree from Syracuse University as well as a master of arts degree in education and human development from George Washington University.

Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Service Learning, Information Literacy, and Libraries.

Nicole MillerNicole Wedemeyer Miller, MA, MLS, teaches a course on genealogy and library service at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Rhonda L. Clark, PhD, is assistant professor of library science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Their published works include ABC-CLIO's Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers.

Paige JaegerPaige Jaeger delivers professional development at the local, state, and national levels on Inquiry-based Learning, the CCSS, and the new C3 Social Studies Standards. Previously, she was a library administrator serving 84 school libraries in New York. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Think Tank Library: Brain-Based Learning Plans for New Standards Grades 6-12, Think Tank Library: Brain-Based Learning Plans for New Standards Grades K-5, Rx for the Common Core: Toolkit for Implementing Inquiry Learning, and articles in School Library Journal, School Library Monthly, Library Media Connection, and AASL's Knowledge Quest. She holds a certificate of advanced study in educational administration and a master's degree in library science.

Sarah KeppleSarah Kepple, MLIS, founded the Robotix Blox program at Cuyahoga County Public Library where she was information and technology literacy specialist after more than a decade working with youth in school and public libraries. The founder of Gigalearn, LLC, she has written for YALS, the journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, and has presented on participatory technology learning for the Public Library Association, the Young Adult Library Services Association, the Toy Library Association, and the eTech Ohio conference. Kepple holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University as well as a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Drexel University and is a Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellow through Case Western Reserve University. Her blog is

Michael EisenebergMichael B. Eisenberg is dean emeritus and professor at the Information School of the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Eisenberg cocreated the Big6 approach to information literacy. He is the author of numerous titles regarding the Big6, including Information Literacy: Essential Skills for the Information Age, The Big6 Workshop Handbook: Implementation and Impact, and the forthcoming title, The Big6 Curriculum: Comprehensive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy for All Students.

Leslie ManiotesLeslie K. Maniotes, PhD, is teacher effectiveness coach in Denver Public Schools. She is a National Board Certified teacher with more than a decade of classroom experience, a K–12 literacy specialist in Title I schools, and a guided inquiry trainer. Her published works include Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School, both coauthored with Carol C. Kuhlthau and Ann K. Caspari. She holds a doctorate in instructional curriculum from University of Colorado, Boulder.

MBRMary Boyd Ratzer is a professional development consultant who fosters inquiry-based learning and real-world strategies for the Common Core. Formerly she served as a teacher and school librarian at the Shenendehowa Central Schools in New York, and taught curriculum as an adjunct faculty at UAlbany's Graduate School Of Information Studies. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Rx for the Common Core: Toolkit for Implementing Inquiry Learning and the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Knowledge Quest on the C3 Frameworks for Social Studies State Standards. Ratzer holds a master's degree in library science and a master's degree in the arts.

Jamie NaidooSuzanne S. Bell is the business librarian at the University of Rochester and an adjunct instructor for the School of Information Science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her previous positions have included computer science librarian at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at Carnegie Mellon University, Internet education specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and economics librarian at the University of Rochester. Bell has a master's degree in library science. Her published works include Librarian's Guide to Online Searching, now in its fourth edition.

Jamie NaidooJamie Campbell Naidoo is endowed assistant professor at the University of Alabama's School of Library and Information Studies in Tuscaloosa, AL. He has served on several children's book award committees, including the Caldecott Medal, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Américas Award. He is the editor of Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries and author of Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content and Diversity Programming for Digital Youth: Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children's Library.

Kim DorityG. Kim Dority is the founder and president of Dority & Associates, an information consulting and content development company. Additionally, Dority teaches a course in alternative library and information science career paths at the University of Denver, CO. She is the author of Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals and a blog entitled Infonista.

Valerie GrossValerie J. Gross, MM, MLS, JD, has served as president and CEO of Howard County Library System (HCLS) in Maryland since 2001. A passionate promoter of libraries, Gross has led the repositioning of HCLS as a major component of education, which has heightened respect, increased funding, and driven significant increases in annual usage statistics, achieving for HCLS the prestigious status as the best library system in North America from the continent's 21,000 public and academic library systems (2013 Library of the Year, Gale/Library Journal). She is recipient of the 2012 and 2010 Public Libraries Feature Article Contest award and was honored as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2004. Gross holds master's degrees in music and library science as well as a doctorate of jurisprudence. Her published works include Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage and articles in Public Libraries and Children and Libraries, the Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children.

Carl HarveyCarl A. Harvey II is the school librarian at North Elementary School, Noblesville, IN. He is a past-president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Indiana Library Federation, and Association for Indiana Media Educators. His published works include The LMS in the Writing Process (coauthored with Marge Cox and Susan Page), No School Library Left Behind: School Improvement and the Media Specialist, The 21st Century Elementary School Library Media Program, and Adult Learners: Professional Development and the School Librarian.

Making a Difference
Unlimited Possibilities

Our publications provide new ideas, techniques, and inspiration to make your library’s potential truly unlimited. Libraries Unlimited recognizes that not all learners are alike. That’s why we create your professional development content in a variety of formats, including 2,000+ professional development print and eBooks, magazines, online learning databases, webinars, and more.

Libraries Unlimited is committed to supporting the lifelong professional development of educators and librarians through every phase of their careers. “By librarians, for librarians,” Libraries Unlimited believes in cultivating a community where professionals can explore emerging directions and acquire new skills.


"I began writing for Libraries Unlimited in the mid-1970s. It had become, by then, a well-known and trusted publisher of books on library matters, both practical and theoretical. I have stayed because there has been a mutual respect between myself and the LU staff, who have all worked with expertise and integrity."
— Arlene G. Taylor, author of The Organization of Information, Third Edition, and Professor Emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

LMC has become my go-to library magazine for ideas and tips about how I can make my library a more central part of the school environment.
— Emily Pieroni, Librarian and Reader of Library Media Connection        

Thank you to all the wonderful folks at the Libraries Unlimited / Linworth imprints who have supported my efforts to share the experiences I’ve had in the school library. Their support, guidance, and encouragement have been unwavering and I can’t thank them enough for all they have done.
— Carl Harvey, Author of Adult Learners: Professional Development and the School Librarian and School Librarian, North Elementary School, Noblesville, IN        

I've been a reader since the days when SLM was a simple list of lessons and bulletin boards, but I've been so impressed with the journal's new direction in recent years. Today I went to a coffee shop after school to read my new edition and I was blown away. The whole edition delivered such high quality that I felt as energized and informed as if I'd just left a full conference.
— Michele Linse, Librarian and Reader of School Library Monthly        

"Books don’t happen without a publisher, and I have been truly blessed in this regard. My highly enthusiastic thanks go to Barbara Ittner, who answers e-mails at all hours of the day and night (which is when crazy authors write e-mails)."
— Suzanne Bell, Author of Librarian’s Guide to Online Searching, Third Edition and Adjunct Instructor for the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, as well as Business Librarian and Administrator for the Institutional Repository at the University of Rochester, NY

You will be able to host a better workshop with these articles. My students at Mansfield do an assignment where they have to choose two publications to review—one subject-area, the other a school library publication. Several chose SLM and they just raved about it because of its current topics along with practical information to help them do their jobs well.
— Sarah Kelly Johns, School Library Media Specialist at Lake Placid Middle/High School in Lake Placid, NY, on Student Analysis of School Library Monthly

Awards and Press

Noteworthy Book Awards

The Gift of the Unicorn and Other Animal Helper Tales for Storytellers, Educators, and Librarians Best Storytelling Collections Award Winner, 2017 — Storytelling World

Storyteller's Sampler: Tales from Tellers around the World Best Storytelling Collections Award Winner, 2016 — Storytelling World

Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals Special Storytelling Resources Award Winner, 2016 — Storytelling World

Story Smart: Using the Science of Story to Persuade, Influence, Inspire, and Teach Special Storytelling Resources Award Winner, 2016 — Storytelling World

Inquiry and the Common Core Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians, 2015 — LMC/ARBA    

Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers Best in Reference Award, 2013 — LMC/ARBA        

Strauss’s Handbook of Business Information: A Guide for Librarians, Students, and Researchers, Third Edition Significant New Edition Business Reference Source, 2013 — RUSA/BRASS        

What Happens Next? Contemporary Urban Legends and Popular Culture Special Storytelling Resources Award Winner, 2013 — Storytelling World

Best Professional Book of the Year, 2012 — Teacher Librarian        

Collection Management Basics: Sixth Edition Best Professional Book of the Year, 2012 — Teacher Librarian

Information Resources in the Humanities and the Arts: Sixth Edition Best Professional Book of the Year, 2012 — Teacher Librarian

Librarian’s Guide to Online Searching, Third Edition Best Professional Book of the Year, 2012 —Teacher Librarian

Reality Rules II: A Guide to Teen Nonfiction Reading Interests Best Book for Kids and Teens Selection —The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers: 2012 Edition, Volume 32 Best Professional Book of the Year, 2012 —Teacher Librarian

Press Announcements

School Library Connection Announces New Editor, Leslie Preddy — October 10, 2016

SLC/ARBA Announces 2016 Best of Reference Award Winners — June 24, 2016

Libraries Unlimited Author Named 2016 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree — April 29, 2016

Five Libraries Unlimited Titles Recognized in 2016 Storytelling World Awards — March 30, 2016

Libraries Unlimited Author Wins 2015 Regional School Librarian of the Year Award — December 3, 2015

Libraries Unlimited Launches School Library Connection and reVIEWS+ — November 3, 2015

SLC/ARBA Best of Reference Award Open for Submissions — November 11, 2015

Libraries Unlimited Launches School Library Connection and reVIEWS+ — November 3, 2015

Winners Announced in the 2015 TEAMS Award Competition from Library Media Connection and Gale — September 28, 2015

Libraries Unlimited Recognized for Excellence in Reference Publishing by LMC/ARBA — June 27, 2015

Libraries Unlimited and the International Association of School Librarianship Announce Partnership New Co-Publishing Plans Will Drive Increase in the Global Exchange of Best Practices. Click Here to read the press release.

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