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A leadership challenge

A Leadership Challenge

Using web search tools in the 21st century learning environment

Group 1: Jenna Abercrombie, Katharine Mathews, Leanne Richards, Leanne Sharpe, Angela Urquhart

Purpose of the article
Purpose of the Article

This article will demonstrate to principals the

potential leadership role theteacher librarian can

undertake in enhancing web searching skills for all

stakeholders in a 21st century learning environment.

What is Leadership?

(Lambert, 1998; Belisle, 2005)

A New Vision for Leadership

“The concept of the great hero as a leader, with others as subservient followers is no longer an appropriate model for organizations.”

(Belisle, 2005)

Leading professional development
Leading Professional Development

School-based leadership is essential to ensure technology is integrated into teaching and learning experiences. (Everhart, Mardis, Johnston, 2010)

Team based leaders wield influence and power to achieve improved student outcomes. (Winzenried, 2010)

Guide staff through collective and collaborative knowledge creation. (Lambert, 1998.)

Information fluency web searching
Information Fluency: Web Searching

“Locating, recognizing and effectively using information are critical life skills”

(Valenza, 2004)

Research shows that by improving students’ ability to access 21st century information sources, students engage in meaningful learning.

(Todd & Kuhlthau, 2005)

The web search challenge
The Web Search Challenge

Schools assume all staff and students will be effective web users. (Herring, 2011)


  • Students struggle to be discerning, settling for the easiest option

  • Classroom teachers have limited abilities to help students improve their search results. (Valenza, 2004)

Empowering t eachers
Empowering Teachers

Classroom teachers are unaware that they have a knowledgeable partner in theteacher librarian.

Teacherlibrarians lead through the planning, implementationand assessment of information-based activities to promote meaningful learning.

(Valenza, 2004)

Empowering students
Empowering Students

(Valenza, 2004)

Unique skills
Unique Skills

Teacher librarians have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of curriculum across all stages and key learning areas. (Winzenried, 2010)

  • Expertise in integrating evolving technology. (Everhart et al., 2010)

  • Skills to facilitate collaborative partnerships.(Donham, 2005)

Leading through


Students will only transfer what they learn in the library if it is reinforced in the classroom. (Herring, 2011)

Collaboration with teachers will give students web skills to gain deeper knowledge.

(Todd and Kuhlthau, 2005)


Belisle, C. (2005). The Teacher as Leader: Transformational Leadership and the Professional Teacher or Teacher-Librarian. School Libraries in Canada (17108535), 24(3).

Everhart, N., Mardis, M. A., & Johnston, M. (2010). The leadership role of the teacher librarian in technology integration: Early results of a survey of highly certified teacher librarians in the United States. Paper presented at the School Library Association of Queensland and the International Association of School Librarianship Conference, Brisbane.

Donham, J. (2005). Leadership. In Enhancing teaching and learning: a leadership guide for school library media specialists (2nded) (pp.295-305). New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers

Herring, J. (2011). Improving students’ web use and information literacy, London, Facet Publishing.


Lambert, L. (1998). What is Leadership capacity? In Building leadership capacity in schools (pp.1-19). Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Todd, R. & Kuhlthau, C. (2005). Student learning through Ohio school libraries, part 1: How effective school libraries help students. School Libraries Worldwide, 11(1), 63-88

Valenza, J. (2004). Substantive searching: thinking and behaving info-fluently. Learning and Leading with Technology, 32(3) 38-43. Retrieved from http://faculty.philau.edu/kayk/kkay/articles/ValenzaSub.pdf

Winzenried, A. (2010). Visionary leaders for information. Wagga Wagga, NSW: Centre for Information Studies.