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New on the Job: A School Librarian's Guide to Success, Second Edition
Hilda K. Weisburg and Ruth Toor
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1264-5
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $35.00
 
 
 
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240 pages
7" x 10"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1264-5
Year Published: 2015
AP Categories: A, E, G

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As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and how thrive, and since its publication in 2006 this guide has served as an invaluable resource for the new school librarian. From job search strategies and discovering work philosophy to the nitty-gritty details of creating acceptable use policies, this revised and updated edition, which includes a new foreword from Sarah Kelly Johns, shares the joys and perils of the profession along with a wealth of practical advice from decades of experience in school library programs. With this guide as a roadmap, new school librarians can

  • Tackle the job search with confidence, with tips on everything from polishing a résumé  and acing a job interview to ways of handling any potentially negative Google results and other digital footprints
  • Learn the secrets to successfully collaborate with teachers
  • Navigate new roles and responsibilities through orientation and organization
  • Create dynamic interactions with students to deepen their learning experiences
  • Master the art of communicating with the principal, IT experts, and vendors
  • Become familiar with school library technology, including e-book collections, online databases, and library management systems
  • Receive field-tested guidance on daily matters – from budgeting and purchasing to advocacy and programming

The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and Common Core State Standards are also thoroughly discussed. New school librarians as well as those already in the profession can set the tone for rewarding career with this one-stop, hands-on guide.


Contents

Foreword
Introduction
  1. Your Philosophy
  2. Getting the Job
  3. Finding Your Way
  4. Getting Yourself Organized
  5. Reaching Your Students
  6. Reaching Your Teachers
  7. A Matter of Principles
  8. Advocacy and You
  9. Planning
  10. Technology and You
  11. Ethics, Standards, and You
  12. Looking Back, Looking Forward
Appendixes
Glossary
Index

About the Authors

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 hildakw@gmail.com or  @hildakw on Twitter. She received the AASL Distinguished Service Award in 2016.

Ruth Toor retired after 29 years as an elementary school librarian in Chatham, New Jersey. She is a past president of AASL and a past member of ALA Council. During her AASL presidency, she was its representative to the National Forum for History Standards as well as a member of the Implementation Committee for Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. She taught graduate courses at Rutgers and Montclair State Universities. A past president of NJASL, she received its President’s Award.
 
 

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