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Leading From the Library in the Digital Age

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Terrace Ballroom I, Level 4 (near Posters)

Bill Bass   Shannon Miller  
A librarian and an education leader team up to reflect on the librarian’s ability to build connections within the local community and throughout the world, which make an impact on the school community. You'll discover the unique influence to make a difference throughout the community.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The modern school library supports education in a variety of ways. One essential role librarians play is that of a leader who works collaboratively to build relationships, mold culture and climate, and advocate for the needs of students and the community.

In this session, a librarian and an education leader team up to reflect on the librarian’s ability to build these connections within the local community and throughout the world.

Participants will discover the influence they can have on the school community as the library becomes the heart of the school, a place where problems are solved, content is explored, connections are made and discovery happens.

This session accompanies the speakers new book with ISTE.


This presentation will address the following....

Highlight the potential of librarians to empower their students, their schools and their communities, and be learning leaders in the digital age.

Include stories of partnerships – from librarians and administrators – illustrating how they can collaborate to create change by harnessing the influence of the school library program to enhance the educational experience.

Explore how librarians serve as mentors to their students, delving into many topics that define digital age literacy, including the librarian’s role in reading advocacy, information validity, digital citizenship and research.

Make direct connections to the ISTE Standards for Students, Educators and Education Leaders in each chapter.

Each subtopic will be focused on 15 minutes with a beginning and ending too.

The speakers will engage the audience through discussion questions and be including a Padlet for feedback and examples. They will also be using Twitter a backchannel as well, tweeting to a special hashtag for the event. One of the big goals, is to keep the conversation and leadership going even after the presentation.

Supporting research

Shannon and Bill are basing this presentation on the book they are writing, Leading from the Library....Help Your School Community Thrive in the Digital Age. This is available from ISTE in March 2019.

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Bill Bass, Parkway School District
ISTE Certified
Shannon Miller, Van Meter Community School

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