This course examines the philosophy and creative leadership of school library programs. Using a case study approach our explorations include the planning and evaluation of a school library program, as students explore the transformational role of the school librarian as leader of a learning culture and institutional change.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Relate studies in change and transformational leadership to the success and impact of schools and school libraries.
- Analyze the context of the school library services through a scan of a specific community and school.
- Develop and write a strategic plan for the school library, including personas, vision and mission statements, goals and objectives, and an action plan.
- Evaluate the impact of and potential for a school library program in a school's learning culture.
- Respond to emerging trends and develop proficiency in using digital tools for productivity, creating, curation, collaboration, communicating, and managing workflow in the K12 environment
- Strategically address practical problems, critical and ethical issues, and policy matters in a school setting, paying particular attention to issues relating to access, participation, diversity, and inclusion
- Build a personal learning network to promote continual professional growth and engage in interconnected communities of practice.
- Develop strategies for advocay, engagement, and innovative leadership and growth in the K12 school learning culture and in the larger context of the profession.