It’s no secret that school librarians and libraries play a critical role in today’s schools and have a positive impact on student learning (don’t miss the School Libraries Work! research compendium to learn more about the importance of school libraries).
This year, we had the privilege of meeting some impressive library professionals, including the winners of the 2017 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Awards. These five librarians continuously collaborate with teachers, families, and their communities to inspire and engage students—whether through makerspaces, book clubs, project-based learning, City Hall field trips, and more.
Looking ahead to the New Year, we’ve rounded up a list of “15 librarians to follow on Instagram” that is sure to help any educator find some serious inspiration. Check out these outstanding librarians, below, and don’t forget to follow @ScholasticInc!
- KC Boyd (boss_librarian) – School library media specialist, Washington, DC
- Todd Burleson (burlesot) – 2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL
- Valerie Byrd Fort (librarygoddessblog) – Former librarian, adjunct professor, University of South Carolina
- Morgan Chapman (kidlitbookaday) – Teacher librarian, Calgary, Alberta
- Tamara Evans (glassesgirl79) – Digital services librarian, Kings County Library, Lemoore, CA
- Laura Gardner (librarianmsg) – 2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Finalist, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA
- Colleen Graves (makerteacherlibrarian) – 2014 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Finalist, Lamar Middle School, Flower Mound, TX
- Carla Hayden (librarycongress) – The ultimate librarian… The Librarian of Congress!
- Gwyneth Jones (thedaringlibrarian) – 2011 Library Journal Movers & Shakers Innovator Award winner, teacher librarian & technology specialist, Howard County Public Schools, MD
- Travis Jonker (100ScopeNotes) – Teacher librarian, Dorr Elementary School, Dorr, MI
- Shannon McClintock Miller (shannonmmiller) – Teacher librarian speaker and consultant
- Kate Olson (theloudlibrarylady) – K–12 school librarian and book reviewer, WI
- Andy Plemmons (andy.plemmons) – 2014 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Finalist, David C. Barrow Elementary School, Athens, GA
- Diana Rendina (dianalrendina) – Media specialist, Tampa Preparatory, Tampa, FL
- John Schu (mrschureads) – Ambassador of School Libraries, Scholastic