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Thought leaders in school libraryland

In response to my post "Age and Change," Alice Yucht suggested:

Have you seen this: Who are the thought leaders in educational leadership? [by Jon Becker] I think you and Gary Hartzell need to compile a similar article re: school library leadership!

Yeah, get me in trouble, Alice. I just know that I would leave some top notch influencers off the list.

But it may be a good idea, especially if a comprehensive and thoughtful list could be moved to the SIGMS wiki or the T-L Ning - where lots o'people who are better read and better informed than I am could add to it. (I am admittedly weak about international school librarians, academics*, and AASL leaders). I often get asked to suggest good writers and presenters about library related topics. This would be a great resource any of us could just point to when asked such a question.

Whether through books, articles, editorialships, blogs or organizational leadership, these folks have made sustained, public contributions directly addressing school libraries - and influenced MY thinking about the field.

  1. Alice Yucht
  2. Amy Oberts
  3. Anita Beaman
  4. Annette Lamb
  5. Barbara Jansen
  6. Barbara Stripling
  7. Bob Berkowitz
  8. Brenda Anderson
  9. Brian Kenney
  10. Buffy Hamilton
  11. Carl Harvey
  12. Carol Gordon
  13. Carol Kuhlthou
  14. Carol Simpson
  15. Carolyn Foote
  16. Cathy Jo Nelson
  17. Chris Harris
  18. Clarence Fisher
  19. Daniel Callison
  20. David Loertscher
  21. David Warlick
  22. Deb Levitov
  23. Deb Logan
  24. Debbie Abilock
  25. Diane Chen
  26. Diane Cordell
  27. Dianne McKenzie
  28. Donna Baumbach
  29. Doug Achterman
  30. Doug Johnson (somebody else suggested this)
  31. Ernie Cox
  32. Fran Bullington
  33. Frances Jacobson Harris
  34. Gary Hartzell
  35. Gail Dickinson
  36. Gwyneth Jones
  37. Heather Loy
  38. Hilda Weisburg
  39. Jacquie Henry
  40. Jamie LaRue
  41. Jamie McKenzie
  42. Jane Prestebak
  43. Jean Donham
  44. Jeri Hurd
  45. Jim Randolph
  46. John Royce
  47. Joyce Valenza
  48. Judi Moreillon
  49. Judy O'Connell
  50. Karen Kliegman
  51. Kathy Lemaire
  52. Kathy Schrock
  53. Keith Curry Lance
  54. Ken Haycock
  55. Kristin Fontichiaro
  56. Larry Johnson
  57. Laura Pearle
  58. Laurie Conzemius
  59. Leigh Ann Jones
  60. Lesley Farmer
  61. Lisa Perez
  62. Marcia Mardis
  63. Mary Alice Anderson
  64. Mary Ann Bell
  65. Mary Ann Fitzgerald
  66. Mary Woodard
  67. Mike Eisenberg
  68. Nancy Everhart
  69. Nancy McGriff
  70. Nicola McNee
  71. Patricia Carmichael
  72. Rob Darrow
  73. Rob Rubis
  74. Ross Todd
  75. Sandra Hughes-Hassell
  76. Sara Kelly Johns
  77. Shannon Miller
  78. Shelee King George
  79. Stephen Abram
  80. Stephen Krashen
  81. Susan Sedro
  82. Vi Harada
  83. Wendy Stephens

Please add your own "thought leaders" in a comment. Rather than me replying, I'll just update this post.

And I just know I've left people off the list. My apologies in advance.

* Becker's article is worth reading since it speaks of a disconnect between academics and practicioners. Also see An Open Letter to New Professors by J.M. Anderson on the Minding the Campus blog.


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I appreciate the mention. Seeing as how I just started my first library job, I hardly think of myself as a leader, but this will spur me on to live up to the expectation!


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Randolph

Oh, and I would definite;y add Mary Ann Fitzgerald to the list!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Randolph

Thank you, Doug. This affirmation means a lot, coming from one of the first teacher-librarians I ever read online.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiane

Here are some who have been helpful to my own thinking:

Ross Todd
Alice Yucht
Kristin Fontichiaro
Marcia Mardis
Deb Levitov
Sandra Hughes-Hassell
Patricia Carmichael


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Friese

Definitely include Wendy Stephens, librarian at Buckhorn High School in New Market, AL. Wendy is a leader in AASL, ALSC, YALSA, and ISTE SIGMS. She presents on advocacy, intellectual freedom, the process of National Board certification, etc. etc. etc. Wendy's sustained public presence in the field is deeply appreciated. She's a terrific resource.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Polos

Please add Shannon Miller to your list. She has the kind of library and web presence I'd want my kids to experience.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLesley Edwards

I would suggest Heather Loy of Tech Tips and Timely Tidbits. She is our organization's (SCASL) Information Technology Chair and is doing a fantastic job. Also I highly recommend Martha Alewine, formerly our state department of education's liaison for school libraries (until recent budget cuts that we are only beginning to realize).



Wow what an awesome list!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Nelson

Oh and this to me is more honorable than those edublog nominations!! W00T!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Nelson

Thanks, Doug! Also, kudos to the ISTE SIGMS executive committee - Laurie Conzemius (SIGMS Communications Chair), Brenda Anderson (Professional Development Chair), and Shelee King George (Vice-Chair) plus all of our dedicated committee members.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Perez


I am honored (and humbled) to be included on the list you have begun. I am also a bit embarrassed as I haven't posted anything since the school year began, but, like Jim Randolph, feel inspired to work even harder now!

Thanks for beginning this awesome list - many of these have inspired me for some time, while others are names new to me that I can't wait to check out!

I would add the following names to the list:

Heather Loy of Tech Tips and Timely Tidbits - Heather's creativity and passion for her job at Wagener-Salley High School inspire me often.

Dianne McKenzie of Library Grits, Teacher Librarian and Head of Library (She works in Hong Kong, but this Southern girl just loves her blog's name!)

Mary Woodard of Top Shelf, Director of Library Services

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFran Bullington

NICE to be on that list! Wow. Deb Logan is another to add. Doug Achterman from CA, Rob Darrow...I'll add others in the AM, I am sure. Oh...YOU!


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara Kelly Johns

Carol Kuhlthou! I was reading Guided Inquiry on the boat in the middle of Lower Saranac Lake this afternoon...Sara

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara Kelly Johns

Deb Logan, Donna Baumbach, Frances Jacobson Harris, Gwyneth Jones.
Why are you alphabetizing by FIRST names???

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Yucht

oops -- forgot Hilda Weisburg. Is anyone going to do a list of "academics" -- or do they no longer have as much influence as they once did?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Yucht

Hey Doug- Just ran a peer voter based poll for fave Librarian edBlog last couple weeks, the two most recommended were Joyce Valenza and Shannon Miller. Here are the posts I made with final voting in after two weeks. and

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCory Plough

Karen Kliegman should be on the list too. She did win a SIGms award, has presented at many conferences and has even been on a TL smackdown panel. Add her as well. She has had Edublog nominations as well for "Wired Librarian."

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Nelson

Annette Lamb!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralice yucht

Annette Lamb! She has influenced countless students in her MLA courses and continues to be my top pick for bringing along in-the-trenches librarians.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Turner

Seeing my name on the list last night made my day/night/weekend! Thanks so much for the mention. You are a very generous leader!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann Bell

How nice! Thanks Doug and Alice! Been feeling WAY over the hill lately. This makes me feel like maybe I'm just rolling gently into declivity. ;-)

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Baumbach

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