Effective School Librarianship, Two-Volume Set
Successful Professional Practices from Librarians around the World

Patrick Lo, EdD
Heather Rogers
Dickson K. W. Chiu, PhD

Effective School Librarianship, Two-Volume Set

In production
Pub Date: February 2018
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771886567
E-Book ISBN: 9781315149578
Pages: Approx 599p w/Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 250 color illustrations

“An exceptional collection of scholarly reports and professional guidelines, timely delivered and significantly informing the readers about developments in school librarianship. . . . Critical areas are explored in this book successfully. . . . I am certain that readers will benefit from insights that this book offers. One important aspect of a contemporary publication should be to look forward to the future, and Effective School Librarianship: Successful Professional Practices from Librarians around the World is doing that in a pragmatic and an effective way.”
—From the Foreword by Daniel Churchill, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

“Fascinating reading . . . The authors have collected interviews from school librarians throughout the world. Some of these people work under very difficult circumstances. Interviewees have mentioned a multitude of “secrets” of their successful work. . . . It is my hope that, after reading this book, educators, teachers, and librarians and also members of the general public will have a better understanding of school librarianship across the world and that they will be inspired to cooperate with each other in many different ways, assisting those who desperately need help and support. This would be in the best interest of the children whom they serve and relates to their duty of care as educators.”
—From the Foreword by Dr. Helen Boelens, International school library researcher and consultant; Former Chair, IASL Research SIG, The Netherlands

“Filled with inspiring stories told by highly motivated and competent school librarians . . . One of the best platforms currently available for professional sharing amongst school librarians on an international scale, since it contains alternative points of view from school librarians who are practicing in many different parts of the world. . . . The value of this book lies in the fact that it provides the readers with an overview of many up-to-date practices that are carried out by school librarians working in a great variety of sociocultural, political, and educational contexts.”
—From the Foreword by Daisuke Okada, Assistant Professor, Yasuda Women’s University, Japan

This new book, Effective School Librarianship: Successful Professional Practices from Librarians around the World (2-volume set), provides a series of informative interviews with school/teacher librarians practicing in different parts of the world. It showcases the resilience, creativity and best practices from successful school librarians from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. The librarians interviewed come from all different schools and schools systems, from a tiny recently built school library in rural villages in Africa to the modern cities in Sweden, showing learning environment in different geographical, national, and cultural contexts, etc.

Featuring 37 interviews with successful school librarians from across the globe, the volume lets us hear the stories from Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Serbia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe, and many more. They tell about their creative and innovative school library projects, their unconventional reading programs, and their best practices and experiences in addressing the challenges of supporting basic literacy. A wide selection of methodologies and approaches are discussed, offering a global “voyage” through topics important in school librarianship. The 2-volume set also addresses recent advancements in information and communication technologies (ICTs), and the shift toward inquiry-based learning that impacts school libraries worldwide.

The school librarians’ best practices cover innovative ways to encourage students to (1) read voluntarily for pleasure and for information; (2) to gain basic information literacy skills for the navigation, evaluation and use of information; (3) and to develop competence as independent learners—a key factor for successful enquiry-based learning.

The books are jam-packed with information that can be used by school librarians, teachers, school administrators and others in a variety of ways. Readers can borrow best practices from the experiences presented in the book, and the volumes can also serve as a strong voice for the practicing school librarians and the profession, through expanding the opportunities for professional sharing in the international school librarian community.

Key features:

  • Brings together topics, methodologies, approaches and experiences of school librarians practicing in different parts of the world;
  • Provides a global perspective on projects and practices related to school librarianship;
  • Shows the impacts of school libraries in the global context on students’ learning preferences, with the aim of shedding new insights on youth behavior toward modern technology and the actual implementation in schools;
  • Brings practicing school librarians and classroom/subject teachers up-to-date on the progress, nature, evolution, pedagogical potentials, as well as possible impacts of school libraries in a variety of learning environments under different cultural contexts.

Volume 1: The Americas and Europe


1. Using Zombie Comics to Motivate Students to Read
Janet Kanady

2. The School Library: A Challenging Place to Work
Nicole Lewis

3. School Librarian: A 21st Century Vision for Teaching and Learning
Maura Madigan

4. School Librarianship: It Is All About Building Relationships
Judith Ashby

5. The Modern Bookworm! She’s Stranger Than Fiction!
Mona-Lynne Ayotte

6. Stories Told by a School Librarian from Land of the Maple Leaves
Aaron Mueller

7. A Resource Center in the Struggling Latin America
Carlos Diaz

8. JCSP School Libraries Creating a Learning Culture in Irish Schools
Hilary Cantwell

9. Job Satisfaction though Diverse Collaboration: I Slipped into the Best Career Ever
Christina Nord

10. Promoting Integration: What Can We School Librarians Do?
Matz Flodin

11. The School Library: Where Real Self-Directed Learning Takes Place
Slavica Jurić

12. School Librarian Stories from a City That Is Built on Two Continents
Melis Roberts

13. School Librarians as a Roadmap for Guiding Children Who Will Shed Light on Our Future
Sevgi Arıoğlu

14. Being a School Librarian Is Mission (Im)possible?
Arijana Alispahić

15. The School Library as the Heart of All Learning and Teaching for the Whole School
Ajdin Begic

16. School Librarianship: The Quest for a Narrative That Demonstrates the Process of Understanding
Vanja Jurilj

17. The School Library as a Gateway to the World
Joke Boonstra

18. From the Land of Fire, Ice and Books
Berglind Inga Guðmundsdóttir

19. Dragon Myths Told by an Icelandic School Librarian/Dragonologist
Vignir Ljósálfur Jónsson


Volume 2: Africa, Asia, and Australia


1. A School Library in a Place Where There Has Never Been One Before! Building a Reading Culture in DR Congo
Katherine Shaw

2. Our Passion to Provide School Libraries to the Children of Zimbabwe
Hosea Tokwe

3. It is a Long, Long Walk to Books and Very Far Away from Information Access and Delivery: Stories from School Librarians in Zimbabwe
Jerry Mathema

4. My Library, My Lifeline
Dumebi Ezar Ehigiator

5. Children Experiencing the Joy of Reading in Japan
Mami Kobayashi

6. Bringing the Concepts of US Public Librarianship to a School Library in Hong Kong
Jun Niu, Tammy Ng, and Joli Moore

7. Modelling Your School Library After Starbucks? Successful School Librarian Stories from Hong Kong
Gloria Chan

8. Zarah Gagatiga: The Filipino School Librarian in Action
Zarah Gagatiga

9. A Large School Library in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, Is Run by a PhD Candidate
Apinun Seesun

10. Successful School Librarian Stories from the Land of Smiles
Wanpen Asakit

11. A School Library in the Wondrous Kingdom of Thailand
Wilasinee Thepwong

12. The Hidden Truth about the Undying Determination of a Successful School Librarian
Sharada Pandey Siwakoti

13. Helping Students in the Foothills of the Himalayas
Jeremiah O’Sullivan

14. A Teacher-Librarian with a Mission of Creating Information Literate Global Citizens!
Zakir Hossain

15. Libraries: A Flourishing Garden of Life
Andrew Downie

16. Making a Difference to Student Learning Through School Libraries
Madeleine Jane Viner

17. The Library Works at Being the Hub of the School
Kevin Whitney

18. Invitations Across Thresholds
Robyn Markus


About the Authors / Editors:
Patrick Lo, EdD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Dr. Patrick Lo is currently serving as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Library, Information & Media Science at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He has presented about 100 research papers and project reports focusing on librarianship, humanities, and education at different local and international workgroup meetings, seminars, conferences, etc., including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Turkey, United States, and Sweden, and at institutions including the Library of Congress (US), Austrian National Library (Vienna), University of Vienna, National Library of France (Paris), National Institute of Informatics (Japan), Konrad-Zuse-Centre for Information Technology (Berlin), etc. His research interests and areas of specialty include comparative studies in library and information science (LIS), art and design librarianship, and information literacy. Dr. Lo’s recent publications on LIS include the books Conversations with the World’s Leading Opera and Orchestra Librarians and Preserving Local Documentary Heritage: Conversations with Special Library Managers and Archivists in Hong Kong. He is currently working on another interview book project titled Inside the World’s Major East Asian Collections: One Belt, One Road, and Beyond. This book will include interviews with East Asian librarian form the Vatican Library, State Library Berlin, Bavarian State Library, National Library of France, East Asian Dr. Lo earned his Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Bristol (UK), and has a Master of Arts (MA) in Design Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) from McGill University (Canada), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Mount Allison University (Canada). He also took part in a one-year academic exchange at the University of Tübingen in Germany from 1990-91. He is proficient in Chinese (both Cantonese and Putonghua), English, and German.

Heather Rogers
McGill University, Canada

Heather Rogers is currently a Master of Information Studies (MISt) candidate at McGill University focusing on librarianship and information literacy. Previously, she was an Assistant English Language Teacher for the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme in Fukushima, Japan, from 2013 to 2016. She graduated from The American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Studies and Japanese.

Dickson K. W. Chiu, PhD
University of Hong Kong; Founding Editor-in-Chief, International Journal on Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering

Dickson K. W. Chiu, PhD, is now teaching at the University of Hong Kong and has also taught at several universities in Hong Kong. His research interest is in library and information management with a cross-disciplinary approach, involving workflows, software engineering, information technologies, management, security, and databases. The results have been widely published in over 200 papers in international journals and conference proceedings (most of them have been indexed by SCI, SCI-E, EI, and SSCI), including many practical master and undergraduate project results. He received a best paper award in the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences in 2004. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering. He also serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He co-founded several international workshops and co-edited several journal special issues. He also served as a programme committee member for over 100 international conferences and workshops. He is a Senior Member of both the ACM and the IEEE, and a life member of the Hong Kong Computer Society. Dr. Chiu received a BSc (Hons.) degree in computer studies from the University of Hong Kong and his MSc and PhD degrees in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He started his own computer company while studying part-time.

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