Dear School Librarian Leadership Blog Readers,
This is my final post on this blog. It has been my pleasure to share my thoughts, experiences, research, and wonderings with you over these past nine and a half years. With this farewell, there are 503 posts on this blog. Thank you to everyone who has contributed one or more posts or made comments to enrich this blog’s content.
School Librarian Leadership will remain an archive at least through August, 2023. This will allow readers access to two books studies hosted here as well as the weekly posts to this blog.
Core Values in School Librarianship: Responding with Commitment and Courage (Libraries Unlimited 2021)
Although I have now officially retired, I will never tire of advocating for effective state-certified school librarians in every K-12 school—not ever as long as I live (see Pentland 2022). I have completed my professional book writing career with the publication of Core Values in School Librarianship: Responding with Commitment and Courage. I published my last and coauthored research article in School Library Research Volume 24 “Take Action: A Content Analysis of Administrators’ Understandings of and Advocacy for the Roles and Responsibilities of School Librarians.” I am also proudly standing for a seat on the 2024 Caldecott Committee and will appear on the 2022 ALA ballot.
Clearly, my career in librarianship has channeled my passion for literacy and libraries and offered me the opportunity to learn, grow, and share—gifts all.
And with great joy and gratitude, I am returning to a creative writing passion project that I have set aside for too many years and opening space in my life for much more time to be with my young grandchildren and meet the changing needs of my family.
“Gratitude and grace cannot really be measured; nor can they be willed. Each requires that we be open and vulnerable. We are most human and most alive when we allow ourselves to be touched by the wonder of the world and when we feel genuine gratitude for the life we have been given. Practices of giving thanks and giving gifts demonstrate that we know in some way that there is an underlying wholeness and an enduring holiness to life.” Michael Meade
May you continue to be touched “by the wonder of the world” and continue doing the work that matters most to you and in service with and to others.
With admiration for your commitment and courage and wishing you all the best,
Meade, Michael. 2021. “Gratitude and Grace.” Mosaic Voices. Available at https://www.mosaicvoices.org/events/gratitude-and-grace. Accessed January 2, 2022.
Pentland, Courtney. 2022. “The Advocacy Efforts for School Library Staffing during the Pandemic.” Knowledge Quest 50 (3): 24-32. (Soon to be available online as well.)
Photograph from the Personal Collection of Judi Moreillon