School Libraries Worldwide is the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship. It is published twice yearly, in January and July, and is available online and through select periodical databases. School Libraries Worldwide publishes new works of current research and scholarship on any aspect of school librarianship. All papers are double-blind peer reviewed and adhere to the highest editorial standards.

Connections: Linking learning, leadership, technology, information, and society through school libraries (Volume 18, Number 1, January 2012)

This issue of School Libraries Worldwide will center on the theme of Connections: School librarians linking learning, leadership, technology, and society. As Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his influential book The Tipping Point (2001), “Connectors are the people who “link us up with the world … people with a special gift for bringing the world together” (pp. 38, 41). For this issue, we use this definition as our point of departure in considering the many connecting roles of school libraries and librarians. We encourage papers that both affirm and extend this initial definition.

This issue will provide an opportunity for researchers to share their work relating to connections and connectors in school libraries.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • School librarians as agents who link home and school;
  • School libraries as places where children build connections between learning and their roles in society;
  • School librarians as ambassadors of broadband Internet and mobile devices;
  • School librarians as promoters of transliteracy in context;
  • School librarians as connectors across cultural, social, professional and ethnic boundaries;
  • The interplay between school libraries and digital libraries or virtual learning environments.

School library researchers are invited to submit papers reporting their own original research that has not been published elsewhere. Authors who wish to know more about the issue theme should contact the editors to discuss revision.

School Libraries Worldwide also welcomes submissions of excellent research on any topic relating to school librarianship for the open portion of the journal.

Deadline for submissions of full papers: September 20, 2011.
Authors interested in contributing to this issue should contact the editors, Marcia Mardis and Nancy Everhart at

Submission guidelines are available online at School Libraries Worldwide submission guidelines (

Submissions and suggestions for the journal should be sent to:

Dr. Marcia A. Mardis and Dr. Nancy Everhart
Editors, School Libraries Worldwide
School of Library and Information Science
College of Communication & Information
The Florida State University
Tallahassee FL 32306-2100 USA
Fax: 1 (780) 492-7622

Marcia A. Mardis, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, The PALM Center
College of Communication & Information
The Florida State UniversityCo-Editor
School Libraries Worldwide
Official Journal of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)