New Year Resolutions for the Library

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018. As we begin a new calendar year, it’s an opportunity to pause and consider where our school library programs are and where they need to go. For each of us, there is a different answer. As school library programs grow and evolve, they should focus on the needs of their students and staff. So, there are lots of different types of resolutions school librarians might make for 2018. We asked some of our contributors and advisory board members to consider their resolutions for school libraries. Here are some of their thoughts.


In 2018, I resolve to marshal a sense of urgency to support empowered school librarians and strengthen school librarianship by growing and sharing my passion, experience, knowledge, skills, and service to maximize our leadership and help our profession reach its capacity to transform teaching and learning in our schools.

Judi Moreillon, Literacies and Libraries Consultant, Retired School Librarian and Librarian Educator, Tucson, Arizona


For my personal school library, I resolve to make it ever more engaging to our students. For the general library community, I resolve be a part of a library community that continues to do those activities that make a difference for students.


Marge Cox, School Librarian, Veterans Memorial Elemetary, Naples, Florida


My resolution is to make sure that my expectations, hopes, and dreams are forward thinking, future ready, out of the box, exciting, relevant BUT realistic, sustainable, and in alignment with our school community needs. I have to make sure I lead the way AND balance what is in the best interest for the health and well being of ALL, including me!

Sue Kowalski, Librarian, Pine Grove Middle School, East Syracuse NY


I resolve to establish a school culture promoting librarian leadership and collaboration focusing on innovation, creativity, and learning opportunities for students.

Susan Gauthier, Director, Library Services, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Baton Rouge, LA


My New Year resolution is that my staff or I will welcome every student who comes into the library or talk with them during their time in here. I noticed that there were students who came in and no adult spoke to them because we didn’t want to bother them as they worked on an assignment (or their head was buried in their phone). But with some small attempts to change this recently, we’ve already noticed this has really improved the climate of the library.

Robyn Young, School Librarian, Avon High School, Avon, Indiana


My New Year resolution is to receive the new AASL National School Library Standards book soon and wrap my head around the standards quickly! My second resolution is for students: that more students will discover the joy of reading!

Diane K. Rupert, Library Media Specialist, Warren Central High School MediaPlex, Indianapolis, Indiana


As a school librarian, my resolution is to continue to make sure my library is a safe space for all my children and to make sure I am there for them when they need it.
As ISTE Lib President — to continue advocating to make sure all children have access to a certified school librarian.

Elissa Malespina, Teacher-Librarian, Somerville Middle School, Somerville, NJ


We hope some of these ideas might help you to make your own resolutions for your school library. Share your ideas with your administrators, staff, and students. Let them know how you hope the school library program will grow and evolve. Happy New Year and best wishes for a great 2018!

Carl A. Harvey II, MLS, MS, is assistant professor of school librarianship at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Harvey received his master’s degree from Indiana University and is the author of six books, most recently The 21st-Century Elementary School Library Program: Managing For Results, 2nd Edition. He is a past-president of the American Association of School Librarians, and his school has been the recipient of the National School Library Program of the Year.

E-mail: Twitter: @caharvey2

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