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Download the 37-slide PowerPoint "Your 'Principal' Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success"


More Resources & Articles

Many more resources, including examples of annual and monthly reports, can be found at the LibGuide page for the AASL 2015 Session which serves as the basis for this webinar. Go to

For the PowerPoint and resources used in a full-day workshop called School Library Advocacy, conducted for Delaware County IU 25 on November 8, 2016, go to


Determining Your Communication Style

From Len Bryan's Communication for the Teacher-Librarian

"Each of us has a behavior style as a person and as a team member or supervisor that impacts how we communicate with others. Since no one person has all of the attributes of a perfect person or leader, it takes a TEAM made up of many different communication styles to get the best results.  All styles bring value to the organization." The survey is only 10 questions; quick and easy!

Determining Your Personality Style

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is a 70-question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type. According to Keirsey Temperament Theory, there are four basic temperament groups which describe human behavior. Keirsey’s four temperaments are referred to as Artisans™, Guardians™, Rationals™ and Idealists™. 

It is free, but you will be asked to register at the end of the 70 questions so that you can receive your results.


POLL : Frequency of Communications

How often do you communicate with your principal (beyond hallway greetings)?


POLL: Topics of Communications

What topics do you talk about with your principal?


Details of the Webinar as Advertised by AASL

Your “Principal” Partnership: Communicating Library Program Success

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

7:00 p.m. Eastern | 6:00 p.m. Central | 5:00 p.m. Mountain | 4:00 p.m. Pacific

You’re doing a terrific job collaborating with teachers and getting students to read independently, but – does your principal know? Communicating positively and regularly with your building principal is your key to partnering for student academic achievement. Learn effective ways to communicate evidence of school library program successes that appeal to your principal’s communication, generational, and work styles. Learn how to use monthly and annual reports to:

  1. Document the library’s good work with students and teachers,
  2. Determine trends, growth, and challenges for the library program over time,

  3. Set annual library program goals and objectives,

  4. Enhance your professional portfolio to use in your own annual assessment by your principal, and

  5. Target your professional development needs.

Learning Outcomes

In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Determine effective styles of communicating with principals based on their differing work, leadership, and communication styles;
  • Use effective formats of communication and report designs that will have appeal to a specific principal;

  • Collect and present evidence in a compelling way to communicate program successes to the principal;

  • Build on reports to set library program goals and professional development goals

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Mary Kay Biagini

 Mary K. Biagini, PhD is Associate Professor and Director, School Library Certification Program, University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. She is the author of the 2011 report to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives entitled Pennsylvania School Library Study: Findings and Recommendations that served as the basis for the 2012 Pennsylvania school library impact study, How Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic StandardsShe is the Editor and Project Director for The Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs (2012-2014)  and Editor and Projector Director of The School Librarians Guide to Success in the PA Department of Education’s Educator Effectiveness System (2016). She is also the Project Director of the Emerging Leaders Academy for PA School Librarians (2014-2015 and 2015-2016) and the Sustaining Leaders Academy for PA School Librarians (2016-2017).

Debra Kachel


Debra Kachel is an Adjunct Professor, Antioch University Seattle’s School of Education, Library Media Endorsement Program and recipient of the 2014 AASL Distinguished Service Award. She has over 30 years of experience as a school librarian and supervisor and over 15 years teaching online graduate courses in school library certification programs. She is also the advocacy columnist for Teacher Librarian.

 Registration and Cost

Attendance during the live webinar is open to all and is complimentary. Access to the webinar archive is available to AASL members as a feature of their membership and subscribers of AASL eCOLLAB. For more information on how to join AASL or subscribe to eCOLLAB, click here.

How to Register

Register through AdobeConnect. On the day of the webinar, log in using the link provided in the confirmation email or via the event login page.

Please note: A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

Contact Hours

A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


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