At McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, I'm a professor and the coordinator of the graduate School Library Media Program. I'm passionate about reading, quality school library collections, and protecting students' first ammendment rights to libraries, books, and ideas.

Below is a list of books, videos, articles, and websites I've written. You'll see some of the outstanding assignments done by our graduate candidates. At the very bottom, you'll find good sites for school librarians that we expect our graduate candidates to know.

School Library First Principles--Defends students' library rights; Please copy and post.

S.E.W. What? S.E.W. What? is a blog I made for school librarians to discuss selecting, evaluating, and weeding. Please join our discussion.
McDaniel College SLM Graduate Student Work

Scroll to the bottom of <> to find examples of student assignments such as school curriculum charts, websites, digital portfolios, etc.

Some outstanding examples: Shannon Resh's Elementary Curriculum Chart , Stacey Fisher's Freedom to Read Document, Sarah Wilhem's Students' Right to Read,and Jennifer Sayre's Selection Criteria.

Conference Presentations

S.E.W. What in Pennsylvania, Spring 2009: Powerpoint and Quick Notes
S.E.W. What in Virginia, Fall 2008: Powerpoint and Survey Monkey Virginia results
S.E.W. What in Texas, Spring 2008: Powerpoint and handout

Collection Development for the School Library Media Program: A Beginner's Guide. Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2006. ISBN 0-8389-8375-8.

"A valuable resource for new or experienced school librarians...It provides practical and relevant information about collection development issues such as: the school users, policies, selection criteria and sources, ordering, weeding, and evaluation. Also included are suggestions for creating lesson plans."

Reviews: "This helpful guide isn’t just for beginners...Any school librarian involved in collection development will appreciate her practical suggestions." Paula Rohrlick (KLIATT Review, November 2006 (Vol. 40, No. 6).

"…an excellent resource for both beginning and experienced school library media specialists. In 64 pages Kerby packs an astonishing amount of information about collection development… Highly Recommended." Susan D. Yutzey (Library Media Connection, March 2007).

  Here's an excel file to use when evaluating your collection. Duplicate excel file.

Reading Fun: Quick & Easy Activities for the School Library Media Center. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0810833616.

Provides the busy library media specialist with seventy simple, but effective, activities designed to motivate students to read--and reproducible bookmarks, worksheets, games, and certificates to facilitate them.

Review: "Kerby has packed this book full of great projects to use in elementary school libraries…. Reading Fun will spice up elementary school library programs and many of the activities can be adapted for use in public libraries as well. You'll pull this resource out again and again." Yapha Nussbaum Mason, Brentwood Lower School, Los Angeles. (School Library Journal).


THE NEWBERY AWARD VIDEO. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2000. Grades 5-8. 17 minutes. Now available free at YouTube and Google. Part 1 and Part 2. 

Narrated by Lloyd Alexander, this video highlights popular Newbery Award winners and Newbery Honor books of the 20th century. It includes (a) audio clips of Newbery speeches of Sharon Creech, Sid Fleischman, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Russell Freedman; (b) video clips of Lloyd Alexander, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Jerry Spinelli; and (c) personal photos of Sid Fleischman. We filmed Lloyd Alexander in his home.

Review: ..."suitable as an introduction to The Newbery Award or for reading motivation." Judean A. Unmuth-Shelley, Library Media Specialist, Woodworth Junior High School, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, The Book Report. (May/Jun2001, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p86)


"How One School Librarian Became an Author." Library Media Connection. 10 (May/June 2010):10-14.

"Chart Your School Curriculum." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (January 2002): 26-28.

"Favorite Newbery Books of Sixth Grade Students, Teachers, and Library Media Specialists." Reading Research and Instruction. 38 (Winter 1999): 131-141.

"Happy Birthday, Newbery Award." Journal of Youth Services in Libraries. 10 (Fall 1996): 2-11.

"How Old Is Your School Library Media Center Collection?" School Library Media Activities Monthly. (December 2001): 22-24.

"Science and Technology Books in Maryland Elementary School Libraries." Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. 29 (March/April 2001): 9-14.

"Weeding Your Collection." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (February 2002): 22-24.

"What Practicing School Librarians Say About Collection Development." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (May 2002): 26-27.

  • "Essay on Teaching." Educational Leadership. Vol. 58 (May 2001): 18.
  • "ABC Tips for a Terrific School Year." Library Talk. 13 (September/October 2000): 23.
  • "Assessing Student Attitudes Toward Reading." School Library Journal. (December 1986):43.
  • "Battle of the Books." School Library Journal. (January 1988): 48.
  • " Building Collections." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (November 1996): 31-33.
  • " Building Collections." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (December 1996): 32-34.
    "Building Collections." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (January 1997): 37-40.
  • " Building Collections." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (February 1997): 33-36.
  • "The Burrowers." Ventures: Heath Literacy Images. Vol. 4.5 (1995): 26-30.
  • "Caldecott Books." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (March 1996): 18-19.
  • "Conducting an Inservice on Language Arts Web Sites." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (November 1996): 34-37.
  • "Highlights of Making the Newbery Award Video." Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. (January/February 2000): 51-52.
  • "A Home in the Kelp." Nature: Heath Literacy Images. Vol. 2.5 (1995): 30-35.
  • "Many Faces of the Desert." Nature: Heath Literacy Images. Vol. 4.1 (1995): 2-7.
  • "Mystery Books." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (April 1996): 18-19.
  • "Selection Sources." School Library Media Activities Monthly. (April 2002): 22-24.
  • Schlessinger, Bernard S., ed. The Who’s Who of Nobel Prize Winners. Phoenix, Arizona: Oryx Press, 1986. (Contributed selected essays)
  • "Teaching Online: Tips and Pitfalls." Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. (September/October 2005)

Recommended Sites for School Librarians and for Graduate Candidates in the McDaniel SLM Program

1. Recommended Sources Used in CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

  • 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers (
  • AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (
  • Academic Search Complete. Go to McDaniel College website and choose Hoover Library, find articles, Academic Search Complete, and select Book Reviews. Insert your library card and password. Then type in the title, click search, and you’ll see a list of the reviews as well as the reviews themselves.
  • ALA/ALSC Notable Lists ( Each January, Newbery, Caldecott, Pura Belpré, Notable Book Lists and other awards are announced.
  • ALA/ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids
  • ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom “Censorship in the Schools” (
  • Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee Annual List of the Year’s Best (
  • Bloom’s Taxomony (
  • Booklist ( Each January, Booklist Editors Choice is released. Use online, pay subscription, or access digitally via Hoover Library. Make certain you have a student ID and that have walked over to the college library to activate it. Go to Hoover Library page and click on Find Articles, or go to this link: Click on Education Journals. Your computer may ask you for your login and password. This is what you will see: ProQuest Education Journals (ID 7262)
  • Book Links Magazine
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature (
  • Chicago Manual of Style, (latest edition). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Children’s Book Council
  • Children's Literature Brochures by UNC
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center (Wisconsin) Bibliographies and Booklists (
  • Curriculum Charts ( (Bottom of the page)
  • Digital Booktalk by University of Central Florida (
  • Digital Pencil by Sarah Chauncey <>
  • Glogster ( See Shawn Lees Carr’s glogster posters at ( and (
  • Horn Book Guide ( Issued twice yearly. I have paper copies if you want to borrow some, or access them digitally via Hoover Library/Find Articles/Education Journals/ProQuest Education Journals.
    Horn Book Magazine ( Every December, Horn Book Fanfare List is released. Access all magazines digitally via Hoover Library.
  • H.W. Wilson Children’s Core Collection ( Outstanding free site that has everything you want on children’s and young adult literature in one spot.
  • International Children’s Digital Library (
  • Jane Mitchell
  • Jim Trelease Website on Reading. (
  • Just One More Book Podcast
  • KidsClick! Web Search for Kids by Librarians ( USE this link: “What does this page look like through a Librarian's Eyes?”
  • KidsReads
  • MASL Black-Eyed Susan Award
  • New York Public Library Children’s Books (2009) (
  • Novelist K-8 Plus ( Access via your school district password.
  • OCLC Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries (
  • One More Story (
  • Outstanding Books in the Field of Social Studies
  • Outstanding Science Trade Books
  • OWL at Purdue at <>
    PSLA Reader’s Choice Award Program
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books (2009) 
  • Read Kiddo Read
  • Reading Promotion Activities (
  • Reading is Fundamental (
  • Reading Rockets ( Free author videos
    School Library Journal ( Each December, they have a list of the year’s best. SLJ will give you a student subscription price. OR, access all SLJ journals in their entirety via Hoover Library. Hoover Library/Find Articles/Education Journals/Proquest.
  • Shelfari (
  • Skype An Author Network by Sarah Chauncey <>
  • Strunk, William and E.B.White. The Elements of Style, 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2000.
  • Teaching Books.Net ( Access via your school district password.
  • Toondoo ( Making comic strips.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations,7th ed.
  • USBBY Outstanding International Children’s Book List 2010
  • VoiceThread (
  • Weebly (
  • Webtools4U2Use (


Updated 8-3-11 mk