Coming Soon!
The School Library Manager
Leading through Change, 7th Edition
by Blanche Woolls, Joyce Kasman Valenza, and April M. Dawkins
June 2023, 381pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7999-9
$115, £89, 100€, A158
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Learn how to manage a school library—even when facing challenges like budget cuts, reduced staffing, and distance learning.

The seventh edition of this comprehensive school library management text expands upon the role of the school librarian, especially in the ever-growing digital realm, and highlights the importance of school librarian leadership and outreach.

In an era of budget cuts, reduced staffing, and a global pandemic, it’s more important than ever for new LIS professionals and established school librarians and administrators to demonstrate the value of school libraries to decision makers.

This revised and updated edition of a classic text adds two well-known authors to help lead readers through the many essential management tasks and skills required to administer the successful school library program. It emphasizes the importance of the school librarian in providing digital access to information for teachers and students, describes how facilities are being modified to accommodate new resources and programming, and offers new ways to use AASL standards to evaluate programs.

All chapters are updated, and the text addresses such timely subjects as providing information resources when students, teachers, and librarians are interacting online. A new chapter highlights the importance of the school librarian’s leadership in schools, districts, and communities. This invaluable textbook teaches practical skills for school library management and offers inspiration and guidance for growing LIS careers.

Find accompanying materials on Bloomsbury Online Resources:


  • Provides information that progresses logically from preparing for the profession and seeking a job to working and managing as a school librarian
  • Teaches school librarians to be effective leaders and advocates
  • Includes several appendixes of practical information
  • Provides newly updated chapters that include timely information on digital access and working in an online environment
  • Includes an expanded author team with well-known library educators
  • Emphasizes the value of school librarians in education and student achievement
Blanche Woolls is a former school librarian, school district supervisor, professor, and LIS director who has served as president of AASL.

Joyce Kasman Valenza is associate teaching professor of library and information science at Rutgers University. She has been a school, public, reference, and special librarian. For 10 years, Valenza was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She writes the NeverEndingSearch blog for School Library Journal, contributes to a variety of edtech journals, and speaks internationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of technology. Valenza is active in ISTE, ALISE, AASL, ALA, YALSA, and online communities of practice.

April M. Dawkins was a practicing high school librarian for 15 years in four different North Carolina school systems before completing her dissertation on the factors that influence selection decisions by school librarians. She has studied and written about intellectual freedom, the role of school librarians in academic achievement, and diversity in young adult literature. She teaches in the areas of school libraries, intellectual freedom, information literacy, and children’s and young adult literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


"An exciting new edition of an incredibly comprehensive piece for the field of school librarianship. All aspects of managing a school library and being a leader in school librarianship are discussed in this book. An excellent read for graduate school or personal professional development."—Heather Moorefield-Lang, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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