The three Virtual Libraries we are assessing can be judged in terms of how they serve a leadership function in or for the organization. The criteria to meet would be that 1) the virtual library serves to listen to and act upon good ideas from peers, teachers, and students, 2) it facilitates increased professional commitment and thorough knowledge of challenges and opportunities facing the profession and 3) it aids in building relationships with organizations and stakeholders (Empowering Learners, p. 17). Susan Ballard further developed indicators of a virtual library and the leadership role that it can serve. Among other things she noted that, "Strong leaders foster an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas. (p. 80)"

In terms of this criterion the Plymouth Regional High School Virtual Library is not acting as a highly visible leader. However, if one looks closely there are signs of high quality leadership within their virtual library. Two of the center boxes (About Us & Policies and Area Libraries) offer good indications of this. The mission statement is especially simple (this is a good thing) and states the intention “to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information”. The policies show that the library offers kindles for rent (recognizing current opportunities) and has a policy of no limitation on the number of items one can check out. Loertscher et al. recommend polices that “…emphasize a welcome and purposeful enticement rather than a practice of exclusion. (p. 7)” The Student resources box is a portal for students required digital portfolios, which seek to teach students to acquire information, think critically, communicate effectively, and perform civic duties. The links to area libraries is a virtual relationship with other organizations and stakeholders.

The Northfield Mount Hermon Virtual Library illustrates a strong leadership presence. It is nested within the larger organization’s (the school) site so that links for student life, alumni, parents and faculty staff seem to even be part of the virtual library. Likewise, the left panel shows the library and its relevant links as an integral part of the larger organization. In this way, library services seem to be positioned right alongside graduation requirements and college counseling. The blog is highly current and interesting, recently covering Amazon’s Cloud and outlining “This week in NMH history.” This shows the virtual library neatly tying together current technology, community knowledge, and community relationships (historical). Affiliates can play an integral role in determining the pertinent collection of the library with the library forms link, where they can suggest a purchase (this is also where they can make interlibrary loan requests).

The SLMS of the Springfield Township High School Virtual Library seems to have made the decision that if a resource has the potential of being useful to a student or community member and it is related to information science, then it will be included. The virtual library is replete with resources, in organized and/or artful fashion. Some may find this disconcerting, yet no student could say that they couldn't find anything. The virtual library listens to and acts on good ideas with its Suggest New Stuff Link. It facilitates increased professional development with its Teacher Tools, New Tools, and Current Awareness for Teacher link. This last resource is especially useful to faculty development. The faculty member chooses their favorite journals, of which they would like real time delivery of Table of Contents. They can then circle articles from the list and drop it off at the library for retrieval. This illustrate a commitment to scholarly progress of faculty on the part of the library. And it aids in building relationships with community members with the One Book One Springfield link, which is a gathering place for reading activities in the Springfield Township. The mentioned examples are not inclusive as the site is sort of an institution itself!