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Telling the Story of School Librarianship

Libraries.Today is proud to share the release of "The Day the Librarians Disappeared." This ebook, developed in collaboration with GapingVoid, tells the story of the value that school librarians bring to their communities. The graphics from the book are available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/No Derivatives license for wide use in your school libraries and beyond. [Download PDF]

Download the First Forum Report

The report from the May Forum is available for download now. This report was compiled by EveryLibrary Institute as part of the grant project.

Libraries.Today National Advisory Panel

• Dr. Jen Cannell, Director of the Southern Westchester BOCES (NY) School Library System

• Kathy Caroll, Lead Library Media Specialist, Richland 2 (SC) Schools

• Priscille Dando, Coordinator of Library Information Services, Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools

• Erin Hollingsworth, District Librarian, North Slope Borough (AK) School District

• Melissa Jacobs, Director of the New York City School Library System

• Amanda Kordeliski, Director of Libraries for Norman (OK) Public Schools

• Julie Miller, Librarian, Clay County (FL) Schools

• Craig Seasholes, Elementary Librarian (Retired), Seattle (WA) Public Schools

• Alicia Thompson, Director of the Erie1 BOCES (NY) School Library System

• Dr. Tara Zimmerman, Asst. Professor, Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Studies

Additional Project Staff

• Dr. Christopher Harris, Project Director, Genesee Valley BOCES (NY) School Library System  

• Julie Hengenius, Genesee Valley BOCES (NY) School Library System

• Emilee Williamson, Genesee Valley BOCES (NY) School Library System

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The School Library System of the Genesee Valley BOCES, established by Commissioner's Regulations in 1985, is a state-funded program dedicated to improving the libraries of our Western New York region's 22, small, rural districts and non-public schools. Our programs have been recognized nationally as exemplars of the next generation of library services. Genesee Valley BOCES was honored to receive this IMLS National Leadership Grant for Libraries. 

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