Adult Learners
Professional Development and the School Librarian
by Carl A. Harvey II
October 2012, 77pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-039-3
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Over the past year, newspapers across America have been filled with stories about school librarians losing their jobs as municipalities struggled with slashed budgets. In some districts, PTAs have been asked to fund librarian salaries. In others, libraries are now staffed by volunteers rather than professionals. Two things are clear: schools do not regard librarians as indispensable, and librarians must change that perception.

This practical guide clarifies why school librarians need to be part of the professional development process in their schools—and shows just how to achieve that goal.

To remain gainfully employed, today’s school librarian has to be a leader in the school. To that end, Adult Learners: Professional Development and the School Librarian encourages librarians to become instrumental in providing professional development to teachers and staff. The book begins by explaining why librarians should participate in designing and presenting professional development, then goes on to provide tips, examples, and a complete model for doing this based on system used at the author’s school.

Readers will discover how to determine what is practical and how to turn ideas into actions, whether they want to implement a major initiative or start with something small. Most important, this book details how to become part of the professional development team in ways that are both relevant and meaningful to the teachers and staff involved. When these stakeholders understand what the librarian knows and how they can benefit, the librarian’s sphere of influence will be expanded—and a job just might be saved.

Features

  • A model for implementation that school librarians can put to immediate use
  • Examples of 21st-century tools
  • Suggestions for using Web 2.0 tools with teachers and staff
Carl A. Harvey II is an instructor of school librarianship at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Previously, he was an elementary school librarian for 17 years in Indiana. He is a past-president of the American Association of School Librarians, Indiana Library Federation, and Association for Indiana Media Educators. His published works include Leading the Common Core Initiative: A Guide for K–5 School Librarians (coauthored with Linda Mills); The Library Media Specialist 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, all published by ABC-CLIO.

Reviews

"This practical guide shares how and why school librarians need to be a vital part of the professional development process in their buildings. Providing tips and strategies for both veterans and those new to the field, this title first provides clear and concise information on where and when the school librarian can receive professional training. The remainder of the book gives clear and concise information on how the school librarian can become instrumental in providing professional development to staff. It provides tips, examples, and a complete model for implementation."—Library Media Connection, August 1, 2013

"This is an excellent introduction for new school librarians and will serve as a refresher for veteran ones."—Booklist Online, March 20, 2013

"This volume is an excellent resource for current and future school media specialists, who must at some point join the fight in proving the worth and value of a school media specialist on the faculty of the school."—ARBA, January 1, 2013
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