Future Ready Librarians®

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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 practices, 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 work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.

Future Ready Librarians® lead, teach, and support the Future Ready goals of their school and district in a variety of ways through their professional practices, programs, and spaces.

Metro Nashville Public Schools has truly embraced the Future Ready framework in our district. Over the past year, we have used the Future Ready framework and resources to guide our work in writing the district’s five year Learning Technology plan. As a district, we have established common language and goals with Future Ready in the center. The specific librarian framework has been essential in our professional development in planning, goal setting and improvement for our librarians. Each of the wedges provide dynamic but attainable guidance to make instructional changes to support student achievement and ensure all students are college and career ready.

Future Ready Librarians® are building-level innovators who believe in

  1. Empowering learners with diverse skills and literacies
  2. Collaborating with peers and leaders to promote innovative practices
  3. Ensuring equitable learning opportunities for all students

Professional Learning Opportunities

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Maximizing Equitable Opportunities

More Resources

Changing the Conversation by Mark Ray

The Library Voice by Shannon Miller

FRL Newsletter

Future Ready Librarians In Action

Metro Nashvill Schools (TN)

Indian Prairie Public Schools (IN)

Vancouver Public Schools (WA)

Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)

Future Ready Librarians<sup>®</sup> Case Studies


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 Leaders

Jennifer Boudrye
DC Public Schools

Cathy Cormier
San Francisco Public Library

Laura Fleming
New Milford High School

Carolyn Foote
Westlake High School

Sylvia Shaffer
Maret 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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