Radical Collaborations for Learning
School Librarians as Change Agents
by Violet H. Harada and Sharon Coatney, Editors
July 2020, 127pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7238-9
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Schools are dynamic learning organizations that can seek collaborative partnerships to help spark learning.

Librarians can be effective catalysts and vital connectors who facilitate successful partnerships that enrich students' lives—'radical collaborations' that have deep and far-reaching impact.

Envisioning schools as learning organizations requires collaborating with the greater communities as an integral part of the school’s dynamic. How can librarians be key players in realizing this concept of schools?

This book addresses this essential question, as well as how librarians can serve as catalysts in reaching beyond the traditional school to form alliances and partnerships with a range of community organizations and agencies, and how these collaborations result in transformative learning experiences not only for the students but for the adults who work together as well.

The authors provide examples of schools where librarians, library directors, and educators are joining together in these types of unique partnerships. Chapters are authored by library professionals, who describe what stimulates and motivates these partnerships and how they are collaboratively developed and sustained. This publication will be a catalyst that will inspire readers to grow similar alliances in their own schools and districts among public libraries, colleges, arts foundations, nonprofit cultural organizations, and STEM-related agencies.


  • Defines a unique and critical role for today’s school librarians
  • Describes the rationale for forming distinctive collaborations to enhance student learning
  • Features projects currently being implemented and how to foster collaborations
Violet H. Harada is professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For the past 20 years, she coordinated the school library specialization for the Library and Information Science Program. She has jointly authored and edited nine books and many articles on the instructional role of school librarians as critical partners in learning with teachers. She has additionally shared her work at various state, national, and international conferences.

Sharon Coatney is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians and the Kansas Association of School Librarians and was a senior acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited. She was a teacher and school librarian in Kansas for many years and has coauthored or edited several professional books for school librarians as well as many professional articles. The focus of her interest has been the instructional role of school librarians and the need for practicing school librarians to provide instructional leadership in their schools.
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