Leading In and Beyond the Library

“Ultimately, a successful digital transformation requires ubiquitous leadership, creating a culture in which everyone can act with focus and coherency around our strategic vision. We must leverage leadership by creating the context and conditions for our team to take enlightened risks. It’s why our teacher librarians have reinvented their role in our schools, serving as digital ‘mavens’ to support colleagues in new and innovative ways as we scale our twenty-first-century flexible learning environments. Teacher librarians are an essential piece of our digital transformation professional development ecosystem.” —Steven T. Webb, EdD, Superintendent, Vancouver Public Schools, Washington


Mission: To ensure that students are effective users and producers of information and ideas

Three essential functions of Teacher-Librarians:

  1. Information Literacy and Technology Instruction
  2. Reading Advocacy
  3. Information Management

Link to Professional Organizations

Montana Library/Media Program Description

The school library media program is essential in creating independent learners who are efficient consumers and producers of information. By using a variety of information formats, focusing on the learning process and collaborating with other disciplines, school libraries provide the entire school community with opportunities to acquire the information skills they need to interact responsibly in a global society. An ongoing desire to know, a love for reading and a respect for information will transform a student into a lifelong independent learner. The role of libraries in a democratic society is to embrace the social responsibility of learning. (ARM 10.55.1801)

Engage with Teacher-Librarians and Other Educators

Montana EdChat 

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Live Twitter chat for, with, and moderated by Montana educators. Colleagues from across the nation join in, with specific connections to Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, and other neighboring states.

TL Chat and Virtual Cafe

The TL Virtual Cafe is committed to creating conversations about teacher-librarians, educational technology, and collaborative connections to facilitate meaningful and lifelong learning skills. No need to register for our events - just show up! 8pm EASTERN US Time

TL News Night

3rd Monday of Each Month
This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?