Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers, edited by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Emeritus Professor Violet Harada, Debbie Abilock and Kristin Fontichiaro, has been selected as the 2013 Best Professional Guide for School or Youth Librarians by Library Media Connection and the American Reference Books Annual.
This newly established award recognizes high-quality reference resources that support and encourage K–12 student learning and achievement. Library Media Connection and the American Reference Books Annual selected a panel of judges from their pool of well-regarded reviewers and editors to evaluate entries from publishers throughout the K–12 reference market.
Harada is in UH Mānoa’s Library and Information Science Program. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Librarians in 2011. Her other recently published works from Libraries Unlimited include Assessing for Learning: Librarians and Teachers as Partners, 2nd edition (2010), and Librarians as Learning Specialists: Meeting the Learning Imperative for the 21st Century (2008).
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The edited volume is the first that directly addresses the role of the school librarian as a staff developer. Within the chapters, the authors share their stories as staff developers in a range of K–12 public and private institutions and universities across the U.S. and Canada.
Growing Schools presents examples of school librarians leading professional development in numerous contexts and for diverse learning goals with remarkable success. It is intended for individual librarians looking to become professional development leaders and for district librarians in planning and implementing meaningful district-wide professional development.