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Success Stories

Great Ideas for School Library Lessons

These are some examples of "Best Practices Lessons" from Rhode Island's Educational Media Association:

(Place your lessons here.)

Here are some districts that have their own "Best Practices" wikis:

Anaheim Union High School District, CA [1]

Useful Handouts

ILA Session on The Teacher Librarian



Hi, I am Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, CT. We were recipients of the AASL National School Library Program of the Year Award in 2010, and I was named Outstanding Librarian by the Connecticut Library Association in 2010. We attribute our program's success to three factors: 1. We deliver our library program in a hybrid online/face-to-face format 2. Our practice is evidence-based 3. We use social media & collaborative technologies to embed 21st century and right-brain skills/senses into our program

If you'd like to learn more, please join my FREE online webinar series, Using Emerging Technology to Improve Your School Library Program, at It runs for 12 months, starting in July 2010. All webinars are archived and available for asynchronous viewing. Continuing Professional Education credit is available.

Hi, I'm part of a group of media specialists in a Minnesota school district looking for great sources on best practices. We are searchiing internet and publishers' offerings. If you have suggestions for books or articles that we absolutely should not miss, please e-mail me at Maybe this is an inappropriate use of a wiki. Haven't tried creating a wiki yet but will be bringing it up at our next district tech meeting. Very interested in setting up a high school forum.

Hi back from Iowa. I am a media specialist in an Iowa school district looking for a way that teens, young adults, and adults can share great books together. Check this new wiki out: Better yet, Minnesota and the rest of the world, add your two cents worth at the wiki. The password is booktalk. Please share where you are from at the Optional login. We need to get the ball rolling with good book ideas. If you wish to improve on the wiki, that is fine, too. My address is:


I'm Donald Maclean, used to be a school librarian based in Scotland, UK. I've just finished a blog which looks at best practice (my viewpoint, obviously!), which lives here: [2] I now work in Higher Education and am based at Perth College, Scotland [3]. I very much enjoyed my time as a school librarian, and wanted to create a resource which might be useful for newly qualified librarians, or those with a passing interest in web 2.0 and new technologies. Hope this might be of some use. Nice wiki, fine idea!

Donald Maclean

Hi, My name is Amy Marquez. I will be a new school librarian this year. I have taught elementary and middle school in Texas for the past 8 years. I am currently working on my Master's degree at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas. I am maintaining a blog ( tracking what has and hasn't worked for me, as well what I am learning through my experiences in the library. I am also completing the 23 Things program. If you are a new librarian this might be helpful for you. I would love to hear your comments or suggestions on my blog. I hope some of you might find it useful.

Sincerely, Amy Marquez

HI, I'm Wouter Laleman elementary librarian at the American School in Japan. Some successful programs we are running in our library are Storysports, a combination of improv writing and improv theater invented by New Zealand author Brian Falkner, Picture This! a program where students are invited to write their own stories and I have them illustrated by illustrators who are members of the SCBWI Tokyo chapter, the Sakura Medal, our equivalent to the Newbery and Caldecott for kids in International Schools in Japan and the accompanying Brainbowl. Have a look at the my website for more details on all of these.