Future Ready Librarians™

Unleashing the instructional leadership of librarians to foster schools that are Future Ready

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.

Future Ready Librarians™ is an expansion of the Future Ready Schools® 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.

Future Ready Librarians™ has been made possible in part with the support of Follett and the American Association of School Librarians.

The 3,200+ 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

Future Ready Libraries in Action

Nashville Metro Public Schools (TN)

Vancouver Public Schools (WA)

Indian Prairie Public Schools (IN)

Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)


Mark Ray
Director of Innovation and Library Services
Vancouver Public Schools (WA)


Shannon McClintock Miller
K-12 District Teacher Librarian
Van Meter Community School District (IA)

Thought Partners

Jennifer Boudrye
DC Public Schools

Cathy Cormier
San Francisco Public Library

Laura Fleming
New Milford High School

Carolyn Foote
Westlake High School

Sylvie Shaffer
Capitol Hill Day School

Suzy Ferrell
Clear Creek ISD

Fran Glick
Baltimore County Public Schools

Luis Herrera
San Francisco Public Library

Leslie Preddy
Perry Meridian Middle School

Kecia Ray
Center for Digital Education

K.C. Boyd
Jefferson Academy

Scott Smith
Mooresville Graded School District

Sara Trettin
U.S. Department of Education

Joyce Valenza
Rutgers University

Glen Warren
Encinitas Union School District

Sara Kelly Johns
Syracuse University

Project Collaborators


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