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Future Ready Librarians: Leading Beyond the Library

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Future Ready Librarians: Leading Beyond the Library Part of the Future Ready Librarians Webinar Series

Bill Bass
, Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information and Library Media, Parkway School District (MO)
Kim Lindskog, District Lead Librarian, Parkway School District (MO)

Shannon McClintock Miller
, Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson
Mark Ray, Future Ready Librarians Lead

On April 11, 2017 Future Ready Schools® held a webinar as part of its Future Ready Librarians series.  The webinar addressed how school librarians can support Future Ready Schools® (FRS). Future Ready Librarians (FRL) identifyied specific ways that librarians can lead, teach, and support personalized student learning. The FRL framework is based on research-based components used by FRS. This webinar examined how librarians can support collaborative leadership by leading beyond the library. District and library leaders discussed how school librarians are extending their leadership beyond their libraries to benefit their schools and district.

In Missouri’s Parkway School District, the FRL framework and Project Connect are guiding the work of the district as they reimagine existing library programs and make decisions about future directions. Focusing on each of these individual topics has given them great insight into leading beyond the library and what it means to be a librarian in the digital age.

In this webinar, leaders from Parkway School District

  • told their story and connection to one another as leaders within the district;
  • explained the district’s vision and strategic plan for digital learning to highlight the work they do together; and
  • shared how they foster a culture of collaboration and innovation that empowers their teachers, learners, and school community as a whole.

Whether you are a librarian or district leader, you will gain valuable insights by learning more about the FRL program and how Parkway School District is empowering librarians as leaders and innovators. This webinar is brought to you by FRS and Project Connect.

Supplemental Materials

PowerPoint slides

Support for the FRL program is generously provided by Follett.


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    Gini Augustine
    Posted 4 years ago

    I live in a small rural community; many similar schools have already done away with books in their libraries all together, and there’s a very real possibility of that happening in mine. To add to that, budget cuts are imminent, and the entire library could be eliminated at any time.

    Now that students have so much computer access, librarians are seen as expendable — what little “help” is needed can “easily” be handled by minimum-wage “clerks” or random staff members. I’ve been a librarian for more than 20 years but feel like things are changing so rapidly that I don’t know what to try next.

    I’ve tried contests and activities, but a huge majority of students see no value in “just” reading a book or in using books for their research projects. Does anyone have suggestions for my type of situation? Thanks so much for any help!

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