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A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement in Pennsylvania; edited by Debra E. Kachel
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AASL Conference 2015 Print Page

About the Conference

Resources for Librarians

Harvey II, Carl, "The New Boss!" School Library Monthly 28.5 (2012): 13-15. [Locate in an online periodical database]


AASL Advocacy Brochure for Administrators

School Library Programs Improve Student Learning: Administrators  Packets of 25 brochures can be purchased from the ALA Bookstore or view free online and printable versions.


More Articles for Further Exploration

Suggested articles for improving librarian-principal relations and communication


The PowerPoint

Session Title:  “Your Principal Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success is Key to Your Success”

  • Learn what information can help your principal understand how you collaborate with teachers in planning, instructing, and assessing student learning
  • Demonstrate the value of the library program by crafting reports that assess school and library objectives, forming the basis of your annual evaluation
  • Critique information and determine what can be useful to  your principal and why.

More on Reports for Administrators

Communications Skills, Sources, and Advice


Principals Talk About School Librarians and School Library Programs

Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School was crowdsourced by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett using funds provided by the Texas Library Association, Demco, and the Dean's Research Funds (College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University). Produced April 2014.


 Mary Kay Biagini, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the School Library Certification Program. She analyzed the data and produced the executive report of the Pennsylvania School Library Study: Findings and Recommendations and is a frequent presenter on school library topics. Mary Kay can be contacted at

Deb Kachel (in red in photo) is an online instructor for Antioch University Seattle's Library Media Endorsement program. She worked with Mary Kay as the Project Director on the PA School Library Project, an IMLS National Leadership grant project. She is also co-editor of Deb can be contacted at

Resources for Principals

Articles in Administrator Journals


Need More Help?

Gary Hartzell, a retired school administrator and professor of educational administration (educating future school principals), wrote a seminal work in 2003 with chapters in a workbook style on how a school librarian can better understand and communicate with a principal and gain influence and leadership skills in the process.

The book Building Influence for the School Librarian: Tenets, Targets, and Tactics is available from ABC-CLIO. 


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