School Librarian Leadership: Research and Practice


  • Nancy Everhart Florida State University
  • Melissa P. Johnston



leadership, teacher librarian preparation programs, technology integration


A core body of research concerning teacher librarian leadership has been generated by faculty and doctoral graduates from Florida State University. Substantive studies have been conducted on leadership in technology integration by National Board Certified teacher librarians, enablers and barriers to technology leadership by teacher librarians, leadership in state initiatives related to digital textbooks, leadership with e-books and electronic devices, one-to-one computing, and school librarian leadership education. This paper provides an overview of that research and presents implications for teacher librarian education.

Author Biographies

Nancy Everhart, Florida State University

Nancy Everhart is a Professor at the iSchool at Florida State University where she teaches and conducts research in school librarian leadership. She has received over $4 million in grants to develop, implement, and research the Project LEAD program. She has written over 80 publications and was the President of the American Association of School Librarians in 2010-2011. Nancy is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of School Librarianship where she serves as the Regional Director representing the United States. She received the 2012 IASL School Librarianship Award for her contributions to the profession.

Melissa P. Johnston

Melissa P. Johnston is an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama in the School of Library and Information Studies, where she coordinates and teaches graduate courses in the school library media certification program. Johnston worked as a school librarian for 13 years in Georgia before completing her PhD at Florida State University’s School of Information. Johnston received the IASL Ken Haycock Leadership Award in 2013 and the IASL Takeshi Murofushi Research Award in 2011 to investigate international school librarian practices. In 2014 Johnston was the co- recipient of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Cross- Cultural Research Award. Johnston’s research and publications focus on school librarians as leaders, the school librarian’s role in technology integration, and school librarianship on a global level.