Transforming School Library Practice

Empowering school libraries to serve their communities

A School Librarian's Information Shelf

School librarians are vital to the work of preparing all children for academic and economic success in a rapidly changing, technologically driven, and globally connected world. Every day they are transforming their practice by reimagining and redesigning school libraries to support new models of learning, engagement, and partnerships in support of this goal of success. This information shelf offers a curated body of resources—recorded presentations by school librarians, topical articles, and practical toolkits—that can be applied to any school library looking to become a dynamic learning center for their students.


Craft a compelling impact story using data, testimonials, and strategies.


Implement effective approaches and models to create a student-centered learning experience in your school library.


Support student-driven learning in your school library using models and examples.


Leverage creative and compassionate approaches and materials for a successful school library makerspace.


Explore effective tools and practices for teaching and learning in online spaces.

Learn how to get the most out of the School Librarian's Information Shelf in this recent webinar

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May 23

23 May 2023

School Librarians Lead Learning and Transformation

Join this webinar for an introduction to the School Librarian’s Information Shelf and to learn more from practitioners who have applied transformative practices to their school libraries.

  • Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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“We learned a lot from each [training] as well as from the other librarians who also carried out their projects. I wish all school librarians had the opportunity that we did. It is a transformative experience.”

TSLP grantee Damaris Arocho
Librarian, Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Photo: Damaris Arocho

Project background

The resources collected here were developed from OCLC’s activities as Mentor Organization for 15 school library grantees of the IMLS Accelerating Promising Practices – Transforming School Library Practice program. From September 2019 through August 2022, OCLC connected the grantees to training, tools, experts, and community to help them achieve their project and school library transformation goals.

Note: The selection of project resources collected on this website should be valuable for school libraries of any size.