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Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy

206p. bibliog. glossary. index. ALA Editions. Jun. 2018. pap. $54.99. ISBN 9780838915257.
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Moreillon explores how librarians can take on leadership roles in their schools and create dynamic, future-ready learning environments. The author notes that because school librarians often work with principals, classroom teachers, and learning specialists, they are uniquely positioned as leaders. The book explores different areas where librarians can practice instructional leadership, including professional development, guided inquiry, digital tools and integration, assessment, and advocacy. Each chapter features a study guide with discussion questions ("What is your school's why' or purpose?"), hands-on activities, and pre- and post-reflection prompts. Conveniently, the book is divided into nine chapters, one for each month of the school year. At times the writing is jargon-heavy, but the glossary is helpful.
VERDICT This is both a strong advocacy tool for the essential role of school librarians and a way to reimagine a school's culture from the ground up. For school librarians interested in leadership.

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