Improving School Librarian Evaluation: An Online Presentation with Phyllis Snipes & Holly Frilot

The School Media and Technology Division (SMT) of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) invites you to attend an online presentation with school library leaders Dr. Phyllis Snipes and Ms. Holly Frilot.

Date and Time

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 8:00-9:00 pm (EST)

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The Benefits of Strong School Library Programs

Strong school library programs have demonstrated positive effects on student learning outcomes (Library Research Services, 2013), yet the role of school librarians is often overlooked or poorly understood. School librarians do much more than manage books and media in the library: school librarians, when supported, shape a school's culture of teaching and learning; collaborate with teachers to develop and implement curricula; model new learning environments; and address information, media, and technology literacies.

The School Librarian Evaluation Instrument (SLEI)

In the State of Georgia, a consortium of school librarianship leaders collaborated to develop the School Librarian Evaluation Instrument (SLEI), based on guidelines from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The SLEI clarifies the school librarian role for school librarians and administrators.

The SLEI was piloted with six schools in Cobb County Schools (Georgia) during the ’16-’17 school year, and fully implemented in all schools during ’17-’18. Through partnerships with Dr. Phyllis Snipes, the SLEI Consortium, the Cobb County Schools HR department, and the Cobb Media Leaders Team, the SLEI implementation has helped library media specialists and evaluators better understand the impact of library media programs on student success. The panelists will share their perspectives on the need for the instrument, its implementation in Georgia school districts, and the future plans for the SLEI.

About the Panelists

Dr. Phyllis Snipes is a professor in the School Library Media Program at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. She received her doctoral degree from the Department of Library Media Technology in the College of Education at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Phyllis has been a school librarian at all instructional levels. In addition to professional contributions in the field of school librarianship, Phyllis Snipes spearheaded the formation of the Georgia School Library Media Consortium (GSLMC) to address issues of importance to school librarians across the state of Georgia. Contact Phyllis at

Ms. Holly Frilot is the Supervisor for Cobb County K-12 Library Media Education, supporting the library media specialists and their programs in 114 schools. She believes that library media programs are vibrant centers of literacy, technology, creativity, and innovation. As a former Library Media Specialist of the Year, she draws upon her experiences to create library media programs that develop future-ready students. Contact Holly at 

Dr. Kim C. Huett will moderate the presentation. Kim is president of the AECT School Media and Technology Division and an assistant professor of instructional technology in the Department of Educational Technology and Foundations at the University of West Georgia. Kim can be reached at Follow SMT Division on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with future events!


Library Research Service (2013). School libraries impact studies.

Recommended Follow-ups

Alliance for Excellent Education. (2018). Future Ready Librarians. Retrieved from

American Library Association (ALA), American Association of School Librarians (AASL). (2010). ALA/AASL Standards for initial preparation of school librarians. Retrieved from 

Cobb County Schools. (2017a) Cobb keys performance evaluation resources: Library media specialists. Retrieved from (Go to the “Library Media Specialists” section).

Cobb County Schools (2017b). The Cobb County School District Library media education website. Retrieved from 

Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA). (2017). The School Librarian Evaluation Instrument. Retrieved from

Grigsby, S. S., Helfrich, J., & Deissler, C. H. (2015). A seat at the table: K-12 and higher ed collaboration to align evaluation instruments for school librarians and teachers. Knowledge Quest, 44(2), 16-23. 

Snipes, P. (2016). It takes a village to reach a child: RTI through collaboration. SSTAGE Newsletter. Retrieved from (Full Text)

Snipes, P. (April, 2017). Advocacy in action: Georgia school library leaders collaborate to develop a meaningful self-assessment/evaluation instrument for librarians and administrators. Featured on the School Library Connection blog. (Full Text)


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