The School Library Manager
Surviving and Thriving, 6th Edition
by Blanche Woolls and Sharon Coatney
November 2017, 269pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5256-5
$65, £50, 57€, A90
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5257-2
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Managing school libraries is not getting any easier. The good news is that there ARE effective ways to deal with challenges such as budget cutbacks and adopting and implementing new technology.

This sixth edition of Library Unlimited's classic school library management text describes new approaches to management and addresses the realities that school librarians face in today's quickly evolving information-based world.

In recent years, nearly all school libraries and school librarians have been targeted for having their funding or staffing cut as a result of reductions in school budgets. How does a newly graduated LIS professional prepare for a career in this volatile environment? How do established librarians and administrators prove their value and necessity to decision makers?

This freshly updated edition of The School Library Manager is an invaluable textbook that leads readers through the many essential management tasks and skills required to administer the successful school library program and beyond. It promotes the leadership role of the school librarian in the school and addresses the need for school librarians to provide students with equal access to information. The information presented will not only enable librarians to keep their jobs but also supply specific guidance and inspiration that gives readers the ability to make their positions and libraries undeniably relevant and valuable—and to ensure a path of upward mobility in their LIS careers.


  • Provides information that progresses logically from preparing for the profession, to seeking a job, and to acting and managing in the role of the school librarian
  • Newly updated to offer additional insight into the challenges of leadership in changing school environments and specific information for school administration
  • Addresses and emphasizes the value of school librarians in education and student achievement—information to be shared with school administration in an advocacy appeal
  • Provides several appendixes of additional information
Blanche Woolls is director and professor emerita from the iSchool at San Jose State University.

Sharon Coatney is a former school librarian in the award-winning Blue Valley Schools in Kansas and an acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited.

Woolls and Coatney are both past presidents of the American Association of School Librarians and both have been awarded AASL's Distinguished Service Award.


"The latest edition of this title offers a comprehensive view of school librarianship today. It includes everything from how to choose a library education program to a look into what the future may hold for our profession. . . . The overall theme of the book is leadership and encouraging school librarians to take on a leadership role. Recommended."—School Library Connection, May 1, 2018
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