Leadership & Advocacy

Below is a preliminary sample of concurrent sessions. A full listing will be available on the site in July.

Concurrent Sessions

Advocacy and Activism in Today's School Library Program

Presenter(s): K.C. Boyd

School libraries and the existence of the school librarian has become a point of discussion for school districts across the country.

School libraries and the existence of the school librarian has become a point of discussion for school districts across the country. While some districts respect and support the work of these essential practitioners, other districts have opted to eliminate them. What can school librarians do to advocate for their library program? How can school librarians serve as activists for their profession? Today's school librarians must fight back with a stronger message and solicit support from allies and co-conspirators.

Share Your Story! Getting Started with Professional Writing

Presenter(s): Courtney Pentland

Start your professional writing journey today! Hear key tips and brainstorm ideas to get started. Walk away with a plan for submission.

Start your professional writing journey today! Hear key tips and brainstorm ideas to get started. Walk away with a plan for submission. Your story matters. School library & other professional publications are fabulous resources, but they are only as good as their content. That’s where you come in. Whatever part of school librarianship sparks your passion or you are most proud of is something others would benefit from reading about. Great for first timers but published writers are welcome too!

School Librarians as Building-Level Learning Leaders

Presenter(s): Wendy Stephens

Beginning school librarians might not fully anticipate their critical leadership role in moving institutions forward in teaching and learning.

Beginning school librarians might not fully anticipate their critical leadership role in moving institutions forward in teaching and learning. There are parallels between building-level administrative leadership and school librarianship, both working with all teachers and students. See how school librarians can re-conceptualize both their daily routines and their long-term goals for improving student achievement, building a responsive and student-centered culture, and modeling life-long learning