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Gail Bush, PhD


Professor Emeritus
National College of Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Courses approved by Illinois State Board of Education leading to School Library Endorsement:

RLS 510         Introduction to School Libraries

RLS 511         School Library Collection Development

RLS 512         Administration and Advocacy in School Libraries

RLS 513         Organization of Knowledge for Materials for Children and Adolescents

RLS 514         Teaching Research to Children and Adolescents

RLS 591         Supervised Field Experiences in School Libraries

RLL 595         School Library Leadership Seminar: CPS Striving Readers Grant Schools

RLL 595         Special Topics/Literacy: Grant Writing for Literacy and Library Programs

RLL 595         Differentiated Instruction for School Librarians Seminar:CPS Striving Readers Grant Schools

Areas of Expertise:

Gail’s research includes educator collaboration and the development of professional dispositions. Her areas of intellectual engagement are social justice, creativity, poetry, serving youth through literature, and all aspects of fostering literacy through equity and access.


Gail Bush, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the National College of Education of National Louis University. Gail’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, master’s degree in library science, and doctorate in educational psychology. In 2002 Gail followed her tenure as a library practitioner by moving into academia as director of the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science School Library Media Program; and then founder of the School Library Program and co-founder of the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books in the Department of Reading and Language in the National College of Education of National Louis University.

 After a career in libraries that included the National School Library Media Program of the Year award, Gail was recognized as the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Graduate School of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumnae of 2008. In 2010 she was elected the president of the Illinois Library Association. Gail completed her term as the United States delegate to the School Libraries Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in 2014. She served as a trustee of the Poetry Foundation from 2010 – 2015 and was inducted as an Illinois Library Luminary Honoree in July 2015.


Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, educational psychology, with distinction, 2001

M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana, library science, Beta Phi Mu, 1977

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana, anthropology, magna cum laude, 1973

Research and Interests:

Research interests include topics in the academic learning environment: educators as role models of inquiry learning, creativity, and lifelong literacy; children’s and adolescents’ multicultural and international literature and reading behaviors; school learning community, culture and climate; information literacy, equitable access to resources, and social justice; educator preparation for collaboration; professional dispositions; poetry; and the power of story.

Recent Publications:


  • Bush, G. & Meyer, R. (2013). (Ed.) Indivisible: Poems for social justice. Chicago, IL: Norwood House Press.
  • Bush, G. & Jones, J.L. (2010) Tales out of the school library: Developing professional dispositions. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.


  • Bush, G. (2013). The creative tapestry: Collaborative partnerships. In J. Jones & L. Flint (Eds.), The creative imperative: School librarians and teachers cultivating curiosity   together. (pp. 97-108). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Bush, G. & Jones, J. (2013). Exploring professional dispositions of school librarians. In M.
  • Dow (Ed.). School Libraries Matter: Views from the research. (pp. 1-18). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Bush, G. (2012). The promise of libraries: A theoretical foundation for activism. In D. Levitov (Ed.). Activism and the school librarian: Tools for advocacy and survival. (pp. 1-12).Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.  
  • Jones, J. & Bush, G. (2011). Towards an understanding of professional dispositions ofexemplary school librarians.In M. Orey, S.A. Jones, & R.M. Branch (Eds.). Educational media and technology yearbook (36) (pp. 209-219). New York, NY: Springer.


  • Bush, G. (2014). Fear no creativity. Knowledge Quest, 42(5), 20.
  • Bush, G. (2012). The transliterate learner. School Library Monthly, 29(1), 5-7.
  • Bush, G. (2012). ILA collective voice initiative: We’re on a mission. Illinois Library Association Reporter, 30(1), 24.
  • Bush, G. & Jones, J. (2011). Revisiting professional dispositions: Research redux. School Library Monthly, 28(2), 14-16.
  • Bush, G. & Jones, J. (2011). Forecasting professional dispositions of school librarians. School Library Monthly, 27(4), 54-56.
  • Lehman, B.A., Logan, C.L., Pellowski, A., & Bush, G. (2011). Life and literacy in Haiti: A conversation with Jocelyne Trouillot. Language Arts, 88(4), 298-303.


  • Bush, G. (2013). Whither the candleflame or whither the well. Great Lakes Cultural Review, 2(1).


Full list of publications and presentations available upon request

Contact Information:


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