Future Ready Librarians


As schools seek to become Future Ready, it is necessary to identify and cultivate leadership beyond district and building leaders. School librarians lead, teach and support the Future Ready goals of their school and district in a variety of ways through their professional practice, programs and spaces. If properly prepared and supported, school librarians are well-positioned to be at the leading edge of the digital transformation of learning.

Why not unleash the instructional leadership of librarians to foster Future Ready schools?

social_media5Future Ready Librarians is an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their school and district. Two guiding questions are central to Future Ready Librarians.

  1. How can librarians and libraries support Future Ready schools?
  2. How can librarians and libraries become more Future Ready?

Future Ready Librarians will provide resources, strategies and connections for district leaders and librarians to be able to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.


[TCEA 2017 Presentation] What it Takes to be a Future Ready Schools Librarian? by Shannon Miller
[Storify Board] What’s Not to Love? Webinar
[Webinar Archive] What’s Not To Love? (2/14/2017)

The 3,100+ superintendents who have signed the Future Ready Pledge already think differently about what schools should be. Why not think differently about how librarians can lead, teach and support Future Ready schools?

Mark Ray, Chief Digital Officer
Vancouver Public Schools, Washington

Why Future Ready Librarians Matter

“Future Ready Librarians can and should help students develop into responsible digital citizens. Librarians can empower students to constructively share their words and use their voices to advocate for positive change in our schools and communities.”

Wesley Fryer, Director of Technology
Casady School, Oklahoma City

“Our library serves as the learning center of our campuses. Without a librarian willing to engage all learners (teachers and students), our campuses would not be able to prepare students for the world they will enter upon graduation.”

Scott S. Floyd, Chief Technology Officer
White Oak Independent School District, Texas

“Future Ready Librarians have unique opportunities to model and promote digital citizenship both in and out of the classroom.”

Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Thought Partners



Jennifer Boudrye, DC Public Schools
Cathy Cormier, San Francisco Public Library
Laura Fleming, New Milford High School
Carolyn Foote, Westlake High School




Fran Glick, Baltimore County Public Schools
Luis Herrera, San Francisco Public Library
Shannon Miller, Future Ready Librarians
Leslie Preddy, Perry Meridian Middle School
Kecia Ray, Center for Digital Education
Mark Ray, Vancouver Public Schools




Mary Reiman, Lincoln Public Schools
Scott Smith, Mooresville Graded School District
Sara Trettin, U.S. Department of Education
Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University
Glen Warren, Encinitas Union School District


Project Collaborators



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