The Many Faces of School Library Leadership
2nd Edition
by Sharon Coatney and Violet H. Harada, Editors
March 2017, 184pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4897-1
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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For school librarians to become more effective in their jobs and to continue playing a vital role in education, they must become better leaders and provide leadership in multiple arenas.

Completely revised with even more contributions added by practicing school librarians, this book further examines the responsibility to lead in many areas and identifies the real-world, day-to-day application of established theory and best practices.

In today’s educational landscape, school librarians need to lead the way in many areas, including advocacy, literacy, technology, curriculum, vision, collaborative instruction, and intellectual freedom. All of these areas are vital to building and sustaining a school library program that enhances and encourages student achievement, as well as to providing enhanced services to students and faculty.

This revised edition of The Many Faces of School Library Leadership offers invaluable insights from recognized leaders in the field of school librarianship that detail leadership roles embraced by accomplished practitioners and consider the research regarding best practices. An essential read for practicing school librarians as well as for pre-service school librarians, it offers today’s school librarians actionable advice for strengthening their roles, underlining their value, and protecting their future—all while boosting student learning and achievement. The expert guidance and perspectives in this book will bolster those who are facing enormous challenges to meet them and allow school library staff to protect their jobs and to save school library programs from extinction.


  • Emphasizes the essential role of school librarians as leaders in technology, literacy, and curriculum in their schools
  • Presents practical, proven ways from working school librarians to get teachers to collaborate with each other and with the librarian
  • Prepares school librarians to meet intellectual freedom challenges
  • Outlines the key duties of school librarians in effective advocacy for their programs
Sharon Coatney is retired from her work as a Kansas school librarian and senior acquisitions editor at Libraries Unlimited. She is coeditor with Violet Harada of Libraries Unlimited's Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and Teachers Designing Teaching for Learning and coauthor with Blanche Wools and Ann Weeks of The School Library Manager, Fifth Edition, also a Libraries Unlimited publication. Coatney is a recipient of the AASL Distinguished Service Award for service to the school library profession.

Violet H. Harada is professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii. For 20 years, she coordinated the school library specialization for the library and information science program. Harada has jointly authored and edited books and countless articles on the instructional role of school librarians as partners in learning with teachers. She is a recipient of the AASL Distinguished Service Award for service to the school library profession.


"The editors and contributors do a competent job of expanding upon the ideas and resources explored in the first edition. . . . Readers are provided a plethora of information on how to become a leader. . . . This book will be especially helpful for public school librarians, and those studying library and information studies."—VOYA, August 3, 2017

"Coatney and Harada have completely revised this primer for both new school librarians and veterans looking to step up their leadership, advocacy skills, and opportunities. . . . This meaty book is one that could be used as a springboard for PLCs and task forces and also as an inspirational manual for solo school librarians. Each chapter provides numerous detailed references to help interested readers dive deeper."—School Library Connection, January 5, 2018
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