Embrace the Leader Within: with Kathy Carroll

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Kathy Carroll. Kathy is the 2020-2021 AASL President and works at a high school in South Carolina. Click here to listen now!

Here are some librarian influencer tips Kathy shared:

  • Take advantage of any built-in networks you have around you.

  • Be practical AND aspirational.

  • Kathy is choosing to hold on to some of the things she did during the pandemic. One thing she liked during hybrid teaching, such as recording professional development sessions for people to access later.

  • Be the leader in your learning community.

  • Be the most informed person on campus.

  • Show your value through your work and promote what you do to others. This will help you be on the forefront of their minds.


Kathy Carroll wants librarians to embrace the leader within themselves.

  • Embrace the power of yes! It will open doors to amazing possibilities.

  • Say yes and you’ll see the right people come into your life and assist when needed.

  • Make firm and authentic connections with the faculty.

  • The pathway to leadership is relationships.

  • Show teachers you are a collaborator and partner, part of the instructional vision they have.

  • It takes a village to be successful. Reach out to others and build your network. Connect with your state and national associations.


You can connect with Kathy Carroll at:


Here is a link to state library listservs mentioned in the interview: https://www.laurasheneman.com/post/library-listservs-a-way-to-grow-your-pln


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