I was unable to attend the pre-conference at ALA Annual in Anaheim, but I did end up getting the resource Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. This is an inspiring work that outlines several school librarians’ forays into the world of being leaders in professional development at their institutions. Different topics and avenues into professional development are explored ranging from lesson study, to action research, to information management. (Click on the link above to get a preview of the table of contents).
While each and every chapter would not work for me in my own institution, each was an inspiring look into capital “C” change. Many school librarians can identify with the idea of wanting to help teachers, yet not making that connection. Growing Schools gives librarians tips and insights, as well as overviews of entire programs, in how to make those connections, and get administrators and teachers in schools to view librarians as leaders and go-to specialists.
This is a must read for all school librarians.