Michelle Reale. Becoming a Reflective Librarian and Teacher: Strategies for Mindful Academic Practice. Chicago, Ill.: ALA Editions, 2017. 144p. Paper, $57.00 (ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1529-5).

Michelle Hendley


The purpose of Michelle Reale’s book is to “serve as a friendly and informative guide, which is not intended to be exhaustive but instead to start the journey toward reflection” (xiv). Reale is an associate professor at Arcadia University. She has published books on other topics including mentoring and managing students in academic libraries and embedded librarianship. In her recent publication, Reale acknowledges that there is an abundance of detailed books describing reflective practice; however, her work is unique because it is tailored specifically to college librarians. Reale’s book is a pragmatic, well-written and accessible addition to the literature on reflection. It will serve as a practical starting point for librarians who are interested in learning about and practicing reflection.

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