ebook for School Librarians

From Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project


We are delighted to accept submissions for a collection of crowdsourced short
essays on the future of school libraries from multiple perspectives, to
bepublished in e-book format to coincide with Treasure Mountain and AASL in
October 2011. We believe this e-book is a way for librarians to take the lead as
content creators and publishers with custom, community-significant content for
patrons. We imagine e-readers as publishing platforms for us, not

Whether you’re an ardent supporter or see the proverbial handwriting on the
wall, what do you see as the next 10 or 20 years of school libraries? This book
will also tackle an “elephant in the room” question: with the nation’s education
systems in an economic depression and many school librarians being pink-slipped,
what is the future of school libraries? How might they be reinvented to remain
deeply significant – for student learning? Should they? What past practices will
we need to jettison? What stalwart beliefs must we hold tightly?

We’re posing a set of essential questions that will encourage you — and us! —
to think deeply about the future of school libraries in the areas of:

  • Gaming
  • 21st-Century Learners
  • Who and When Do We Teach?
  • Reading
  • Emerging and Multiple Literacies
  • Networks and Organizations
  • The Physical Library
  • The Virtual Library
  • Collaboration
  • Collection Development
  • Librarian Coursework and Professional Development

You can learn more about our project, the topics we
are exploring, and how to submit by visiting the links on the Submissions
The Submission Guidelines document will let you know more
about the length, style, and topics.

Thank you for your interest in our experiment – we hope you will join us!
Please visit the project page by clicking here.


Kristin Fontichiaro

Buffy Hamilton


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