Sara Kelly Johns

Adjunct Professor

I am a longtime school librarian and library activist and consultant on school library program; I write and present nationally and statewide on school librarians and advocacy. Most recently, I contributed a chapter, “Flipping the Switch for School Library Advocacy” to Creative Library Promotion and Publicity: Best Practices (Rowan and Littlefield, 2015)A member of the New York State delegation to the American Library Association (ALA) National Library Legislative Day and active yearly at the New York Library Association (NYLA) Advocacy Day, I am a Past President of New York Library Association INYLA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the School Library Section of NYLA (NYLA/SSL). Now retired from teaching as a middle/high school librarian, I was also an online instructor for Mansfield University’s School Library and Information Technologies (8 years) and an adjunct professor for bibliographic instruction for Plattsburgh (NY) State University Feinberg Library (16 years). I have been teaching “Literacy through School Libraries” since Fall, 2016. A recent member and chair of the ALA Literacy Committee, I finished a three-year term as a member of the ALA’s Executive Board, Council and Conference Committee and was re-elected to ALA Council. For two years, I was a member of the AASL Standards Implementation Task Force for the new AASL National School Library Standards (NSLS) and have co-hosted webinars and co-written Knowledge Quest blog posts. I am on the Executive Board of the New York Library Association Section of School Librarians (NYLA/SSL) as co-chair of the Educational Leadership Committee.  


In addition to taking photos constantly, I am a “roadie” for my husband’s rock band, Double Axel, and team mom for his varsity girls basketball team.


In addition to the professional activities already listed, I have been co-chair of the NYLA/SSL Education Leadership Committee since 1991 which began in order to prepare and reinforce the 1988 Information Power national school library standards from AASL. Since 1991, I have worked to bring national level professional development to the New York State school library profession which has been held at Cornell University for the last 16 years at the end of July or beginning of August.

I am currently a member of the AASL Standards Implementation Task Force for the current review/revision of the AASL Student Learning Standards, and, on the state level a member of the School Library Media Program Evaluation rubric team and a school library representative to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Think Tank.