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The School Librarian’s Compass
Stories and Reflections to Help You Find Your Way
by Rebecca J. Morris
June 2023, 200pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7919-7
$55, £43, 48€, A76
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7920-3
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These powerful stories prepare school librarians to solve challenges and take advantage of opportunities.

By working through these cases and the accompanying learning exercises, both pre-service and practicing school librarians will strengthen their readiness, expand their perspectives, and build confidence for solving problems and making informed, thoughtful decisions in their school libraries.

In their preparation for school librarianship, library students learn foundational ideals and observe best practices that center and guide their work. However, discussions of aspirational versions of school librarianship often leave out sufficient practice in managing the many challenges and decisions school librarians face on the job. In this book, veteran educator Rebecca J. Morris uses stories of day-to-day librarianship to empower school librarians as they navigate and manage the complex interactions, decisions, and opportunities of their work.

The book’s alignment with the AASL/CAEP standards makes it helpful to school library educators planning curriculum, syllabi, and course activities. Perfect for reading or study groups, graduate classes, and professional development, these stories invite reflection and lively conversation.


  • Aligned to the ALA/AASL/CAEP school librarian preparation standards
  • Appendices include learning exercises, discussion protocols, and course assignments
  • Stories invite reflection and conversation about applying professional principles and standards to day-to-day librarianship
  • Stories prepare school librarians to tackle emerging challenges in the profession
Rebecca J. Morris is teaching associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She authored School Libraries and Student Learning: A Guide for School Leaders and is co-editor of School Library Connection. Morris's research has focused most recently on topics including teen access to library services in the pandemic, digital storytelling, and research methods in school librarianship. Her professional service has included roles at ESLS, ALISE, and YALSA, as well as the AASL-CAEP Accreditation Committee. A former elementary teacher and middle school librarian, Morris earned her MLIS and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh.
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