Hartzell, Gary N. 1943-

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Hartzell, Gary N. 1943-


Born January 31, 1943, in Torrance, CA; son of Frank (a chemical engineer) and Mae (a homemaker) Hartzell; married July 31, 1981; wife's name Cheryl (an educator); children: Gregory, Douglas, Genevieve Hartzell Logan. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1964, Ed.D., 1990; California State University, Long Beach, M.A., 1971. Hobbies and other interests: Photography, history of the American West, body surfing.


Office—College of Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182. E-mail—[email protected].


High school teacher in Manhattan Beach, CA, 1965-81, district administrator, 1981-87; University of Nebraska at Omaha, professor of educational administration, 1990-2005; retired, 2005. Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries, member of advisory board.


Award from California School Library Association, 2004; cited among 100 distinguished school library media specialists, American Library Association, 2005.


Building Influence for the School Librarian, Linworth Publishing (Worthington, OH), 1994, 2nd edition published as Building Influence for the School Librarian: Tenets, Targets, and Tactics, 2004.

(With Richard C. Williams and Kathleen Nelson) New Voices in the Field: The Worklives of First-Year Assistant Principals, Corwin Press (Thousand Oaks, CA), 1995.

Author of monthly column in School Library Journal, 2002-03. Contributor to periodicals, including Japan Journal of School Librarianship, Journal of the International Association of School Librarianship, School Library Media Research On-line, and Journal of School Leadership. School Libraries Worldwide, member of editorial board.


Gary N. Hartzell told CA: "Until August of 2005 when I retired, I was a professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I taught in the master's and doctoral degree programs, preparing students for careers as building and district-level administrators. I previously had been a high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal over a twenty-three-year period in southern California. After completing my doctorate in 1990, I joined the educational administration faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and helped to design and launch the University of Nebraska Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Administration. My research interests center on schools as workplaces for adults, with particular attention given to workplace relationships. I have focused most of my attention on the assistant principal and school librarian positions. My interest in these two areas grew out of my own experience and out of materials surfacing in a seminar I taught. I write on these subjects because assistant principals and school librarians tend to be ‘invisible’ people in schools and yet play vital roles in school operation. I concentrate on topics that come under the general headings of operational behavior and social psychology because I believe that workplace relationships are a driving force in the operational quality of any organization and in the job and career satisfaction of the people who work there."



School Library Journal, June, 2004, Marilyn Fairbanks, review of Building Influence for the School Librarian: Tenets, Targets, and Tactics, p. 183.