Core Values in School Librarianship: Responding with Commitment and Courage

Libraries Unlimited. May 2021. 185p. ed. by Moreillon, Judi, ed. pap. $45. ISBN 9781440878152.
This compelling volume of essays edited by Moreillon explores four central principles at the heart of librarianship: equity, diversity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom. Featuring thought-provoking essays by contributors working in librarianship, the book encourages librarians to think deeply about these ideas; examples from practicing school librarians offer context. The later chapters examine what these ideas look like in action—for instance, librarians can ensure accessibility by including audiobooks and large print books in the collection—and emphasize advocacy, leadership, and relationships. Questions at the end of each chapter push readers to reflect on their own practice. The book is grounded in social justice ideals, and Moreillon stresses the importance of adaptability through discussions of how librarians have evolved their practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
VERDICT This title is likely most useful to preservice and early career librarians first establishing their goals and priorities; however, it could also be a valuable resource for more veteran librarians reconnecting with their dedication to the field. In addition, it makes a strong case for the importance of a full-time, certified librarian and could be used as an advocacy tool.

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