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The Principal Connection: Educating Your Administrator to Value Your School Library Program


Judi Moreillon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), Texas Woman's University (TWU)

and Becky McKee, Ph.D. Student, TWU SLIS, and North Garland High School Librarian


Presented on October 28, 2011 for the 15th Annual AASL National Conference, Minneapolis, MN.


Does your administrator value your library program? Or does she/he fail to see how the library is critical to the success of the academic program in your school? Backed up by evidence-based practice, school librarians can educate administrators to evaluate the library program, the work of the school librarian, and advocate for the invaluable job-embedded professional development that results from classroom-library collaboration for instruction. Learn how to help your administrator be a 21st-century instructional leader!


Program objectives:

At the end of the session, the participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the key components of a school library program that matter to administrators.
  2. Articulate the key components of an effective strategy to educate administrators regarding the roles of school librarians and the potential of the library program to impact student achievement and educator proficiency.
  3. Access resources to support administrators in understanding and advocating for the school library program.


The Principal Connection: Educating Your Administrator to Value Your School Library Program


This session will assist school librarians in meeting a critical objective in the Guidelines and Standards section of AASL’s Strategic Plan: Increase awareness of guidelines and standards by strategic stakeholders. School administrators and principals in particular, have the ability to co-define, co-develop, and advocate for the central role of 21st-century school library programs and the professional librarians who facilitate it.


In the 21st century, school librarians are charged with five roles: leader, instructional partner, information specialist, teacher, and program administrator. Guided by Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs, participants will acquire support for co-defining, along with their principals and administrators, the leadership role of the librarian and the library. Participants will gain insight about forming instructional partnerships with principals, becoming the campus information specialist, and promoting themselves as teacher leaders in order to meet the school’s academic goals. Finally, participants will learn how to articulate the central position of classroom-library collaboration for instruction as a key component in job-embedded professional development, a best practice in which school administrators have a keen interest.


This interactive session addresses a “mega-issue” in AASL’s Strategic Plan, namely: How do we make our position in school indispensable in the education environment? In “The Principal Connection,” the presenters offer a field-tested agenda for sharing this information with preservice and inservice administrators. Participants in the session will take away a strategy to adapt, develop, and apply to their particular learning and teaching environment. This session provides useful information to school librarians and library supervisors who want to work more closely with their building or district-level administrators, to school librarian educators who are positioned to educate preservice and inservice administrators in colleges and universities or professional organizations, and to school library advocates who share the library story with decision-makers at all levels of the education field.



Loop Coteaching Images


Introductions (5 minutes)

This presentation is based on two field-tested preservice school administrator workshops.


Background (10 minutes) 

Pre- and Post- Workshop Surveys


PowerPoint (10 minutes)

From Preservice Principal Presentation including standards: State- or District-level Standards, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, ISTE NETS, and Standards for the 21st Century Learner.


Role play cooperation versus collaboration (15 minutes)

Give administrators a checklist of what to listen for: classroom management/differentiation/assessment and five roles of school librarian: leader, instructional partner, information specialist, teacher, and program administrator


Response: What are the benefits of collaboration to educators, students, and principals? (5 minutes)


Self-Assessment and Discussion: School Librarian Evaluation (10 minutes)


Job-Embedded Professional Development (15 minutes)

            Principal Interviews


  Testimonials from Classroom Teachers 


Response: Think-Pair-Share: How can classroom-library collaboration for instruction help a principal meet her/his goals for faculty professional development? (5 minutes)


Resources (5 minutes)

 Show participants where to access resources to educate their principals: http://whateveryprincipal.pbworks.com/


Session Handout - Assessment of the Five Roles (.doc)


Principal Checklist (.doc)


Coteaching Images PowerPoint


Principal Connection PowerPoint


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