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Asynchronous eCourse beginning July 18, 2016 and continuing for 6 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Hilda Weisburg
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request.
School librarians are worried about their jobs, and with good reason. Budget cuts have taken many jobs, and those who have retained their jobs find their resources stretched thin. In this eCourse, respected authority Weisburg will give school librarians concrete strategies for demonstrating and proving their worth through clear, focused leadership.
Showing you how to focus and strengthen your programs and articulate those strategies in ways that build support for yourself and your library within your institution, she will leave no stone unturned. You will learn how to lead; how to identify the people you need to influence; and how to influence them on paper, in person, and during meetings.
- Making the case for the vital role school librarians play in learning
- Identifying your mission/vision in order to focus your program and be able to prioritize efficiently
- Building a solid base of support among stakeholders who hold the power over your future
- Creating and preparing to carry out plans targeted to strengthen your programs
Part 1: Positioning Yourself
- Qualities of a leader (your strengths and weaknesses)
- Mission and vision statements
- Core values and tag lines
Part 2: Reaching the Power Stakeholders
- Connecting with administrators (superintendent, principals, BOE, and the central office)
- Connecting with the community (parents, business owners, the public library, and others)
Part 3: Reaching Priority Stakeholders
- Connecting/cooperating/collaborating with teachers
- Becoming indispensable to students
Part 4: Keeping the Momentum Going
- Strategic planning (personal and program)
- Tag lines, elevator speeches
- Staying ahead of the curve (available resources and keeping abreast of educational trends)
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on July 18, 2016. Your participation will require approximately five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
Instructor Hilda K. Weisburg will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files.
ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
Hilda K. Weisburg “retired” after 31 years as a school librarian. Currently, she is the chair of AASL Advocacy Committee and is on the ALA Committee on Literacy. She gives numerous presentations in New Jersey and at state library association conferences. She has written 13 books with Ruth Toor, including New on the Job: A School Librarian's Guide to Success, Second Edition (2015), and she has written a solo work for ALA Editions, The School Librarian’s Career Planner (2013). She has presented at ALA, AASL, and numerous state conferences. Contact her at email@example.com or @hildakw on Twitter. She received the AASL Distinguished Service Award in 2016.