Library 101
A Handbook for the School Librarian, 2nd Edition
by Claire Gatrell Stephens and Patricia Franklin
August 2015, 233pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-451-3
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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Set up a high-quality, relevant library program at your school using tips and strategies from experienced librarians.

This professional primer provides the blueprint to help you create a school library program, covering all aspects of library management such as budgeting, eBook use, purchasing, and teacher collaboration. Advice and strategies from experts in the field will help you master collection development, library administration, recruitment, and staffing.

This handbook is the perfect introduction to school library management for both novice and seasoned professionals. The authors—both experienced school librarians—provide basic guidelines for overseeing an effective library program, practical examples that can be used to implement quality lessons, comprehensive coverage of key topics including daily tasks and human resource management, and ideas for the future of school library management. The provided strategies make setting up and running a program easy for professionals at any level.

The second edition includes updated information on the latest trends, terminology, and technologies current in the field. The book is organized into three sections: focusing on daily operations; your role as a teacher collaborator and visionary; and methods for managing a collection. Included resource lists, sidebars, charts, and pictures offer tips and ideas for successfully implementing your plans.


  • Covers all aspects of library administration, including operations, technology, and resource management
  • Helps new or experienced school librarians find ways to launch or elevate their programs
  • Provides valuable resources for implementing a quality library program
  • Features lesson plans using Common Core State Standards
  • Includes short sidebar articles from noted experts in the school library field and tips from experienced librarians
Claire Gatrell Stephens, EdS, is a school librarian in the Orange County Public School system in Orlando, FL. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's School Library Collection Development: Just the Basics and School Library Day-to-Day Operations: Just the Basics, as well as The Coretta Scott King Award Books and Picture This! Using Picture Story Books for Character Education in the Classroom. Stephens received her master's degree from Southern Methodist University and her educational specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Patricia Franklin is a National Board Certified Teacher and school librarian at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, FL. In addition to coauthoring several books with Claire Stephens, she has written numerous articles and reviewed several books for professional journals. Franklin received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in educational media from the University of Central Florida.


"This is a helpful overview of the many practical considerations involved in running a school library and building a school library program for those new to the field. . . . This work could serve as a text for a school library management course or could be a helpful primer for new school librarians. . . . [I]t would certainly be an informative resource for those new to library work."—VOYA, June 1, 2016
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