New on the Job: Successful School Librarianship

Are you new to school librarianship? While you may have had great training in library school or have been a successful classroom teacher, there are expectations and school politics that may not have been covered. At a perilous time for school libraries, this eCourse gives you the tools and techniques to be successful from day one–and continue to build on that success.   

School library expert Hilda Weisburg will draw on her decades of experience to guide you toward proficiency and comfort in your new role. You’ll come out of the course with strategies for success from applying for the job through building relationships with students, teachers, administrators, and your community–becoming a leader in the process.

This event is offered as part of ALA Learning's Summer of School Library Learning.

Through participation in this course, students will:

  • Create working philosophy, vision, and mission statements to ground them as they carry out the library’s programs
  • Be able to navigate the paperwork involved and organize their office and facility to be productive rather than inundated
  • Learn how to develop the vitally needed relationships with students, teachers, and administrators
  • Understand the elements of budgeting, planning (large and small), and the role of PR, Marketing, and Advocacy in creating a successful program

Hilda K. Weisburg was a school librarian for more than 30 years and is now an author, speaker, and adjunct instructor at William Paterson University and Montana State University. She coauthored (with Ruth Toor) more than a dozen books for school librarians, including Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (2011) and New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success (2014).

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