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Future Ready Librarians ®

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Leading from the Library

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 Playbook

A resource for new and veteran librarians designed to help you understand FRL and how to transform your library practice, program, and profession.

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Future Ready Librarians® Challenge

The new Future Ready Librarians® Challenge Series is an ongoing series of bite-sized professional learning activities to help you learn new tools and strategies, focus your leadership, and connect with fellow librarians to share ideas and solutions.

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

Empowering learners with diverse skills and literacies

Collaborating with peers and leaders to promote innovative practices

Ensuring equitable learning opportunities for all students

Let’s Talk: A Conversation Starter for Future Ready Librarians® Building Collaborative Relationships

A step-by-step guide is designed to help librarians start and sustain strategic conversations with school and district leaders.

Future Ready Librarians® lead beyond the library, collaborating not only with teacher colleagues but also with building and district leaders to prepare future ready learners. Creating exciting and dynamic opportunities for future ready learners requires shared leadership among school leaders, including librarians, instructional coaches, principals, IT leaders, and district administration.

Whether you are just getting started or trying to take the next step in your strategic collaborations, this step-by-step guide provides simple processes and curated resources that can help you examine your current situation, inspire creative thinking, build new partnerships, and then collectively develop a collaborative plan for your students and teachers.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Assesment Tool

FRL Self Assessment Tool

This tool is designed to help librarians quickly assess their current strengths and areas of growth in relation to the FRL Framework. A simple survey provides a personalized snapshot so that librarians can plan for professional and program growth.

Online Course

Exploring Future Ready Librarianship

Developed in partnership with ISTE, this course offers an online self-paced comprehensive exploration of the FRL Framework. This course is offered through ISTE-U and allows librarians to examine and reflect on their work in relation to the FRL framework in order to create a roadmap for library program development and personal professional learning.

Professional Growth

Conversation Starter

This is a detailed step-by-step guide designed to help librarians start and sustain strategic conversations with school and district leaders.


Professional Learning Group

Navigating the journey to personalized learning is easier with a little help from friends. Join fellow librarian colleagues who actively sharing and supporting each other 24/7.

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.

More Resources

Changing the Conversation by Mark Ray

The Library Voice by Shannon Miller

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® Case Studies

Librarians Leaders

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Shannon Miller

Future Ready Librarian
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Mark Ray

Future Ready Librarian
Lead Advisor
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Bill Bass

Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information, and Library Media, Parkway Schools (MO)
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Tamiko Brown

Library Coordinator, Fort Bend ISD (TX)
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Clemencia Ramirez

Information Literacy Specialist, Aldine Independent School District (TX)
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Sylvie Shaffer

Teacher-Librarian, Capitol Hill Day School (DC)
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Craig Seasholes

Teacher-Librarian, Seattle Public Schools (WA)
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Jenny Takeda

District Librarian, Beaverton School District (OR)
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Josh Stumpenhorst

Learning Commons Director, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 (IL)
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Lakisha Brinson

Director of Instructional Technology and Library Services, Metro Nashville Public Schools (TN)
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Len Bryan

Library Technical Systems Manager, Denver Public Schools (CO)

Fran Glick

Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)
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Tom Bober

School Librarian/Library Coordinator, School District of Clayton (MO)
Suzy Ferrell
Clear Creek Independent School District (TX)

Project Collaborators