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New on the Job eCourse/eBook bundle
Hilda Weisburg
Item Number: 1541-9137
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $250.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning May 15, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Hilda Weisburg

Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.


This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 36
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Create working philosophy, vision, and mission statements to ground you as you carry out the library program
  • Be able to navigate the paperwork and organize your 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

Are you new on the job? Going from completing classwork to being on the job is a big shift… Much of what is expected and the politics of schools are not covered in library school. Moving from one school to another means you need to start from scratch to build your reputation. This eCourse gives you the tools and techniques to be successful from day one – and continue to build on that success. School librarians are often alone in their buildings and assumed to know everything about the job; yet as noted earlier, much of it is not covered in library school.

This course with Hilda Weisburg will cover all topics in her popular book New on the Job 2nd edition, allowing you to interact with the text, each other, and Weisburg. You’ll come out of the eCourse with strategies for success from applying for the job through building relationships with students, teachers, administrators, and your community – becoming leaders in process.

Included in your course purchase is a free eBook of New on the Job.

eCourse Outline

Week 1 – Module 1: Preparing for the Job

  • Developing your philosophy and mission
  • Defining who you are/your role and title
  • From resume through interview follow-up

Week 2 – Module 2: Organizing for Action

  • Assessing your facility and your collection
  • Getting to know your school – the whole staff and the students
  • Understanding your district and community and how to work within its culture
  • Discovering what you have “inherited”
  • Policies and paper work
  • Working with your schedule
  • Modifying your environment

Week 3 – Module 3: Building Your Relationships with Students and Teachers

  • Reaching students – your first priority
  • Making the library a reflection of your mission and philosophy
  • Issue of grading
  • Role of co-curricular responsibilities
  • Making effective teacher connections
  • Becoming a partner – collaborating and recognizing teacher styles
  • How author visits can create an atmosphere for cooperation/collaboration

Week 4 – Module 4: Positioning Your Program

  • Knowing how to use communication channels
  • Avoiding pitfalls
  • Handling your observations and evaluations
  • Demonstrating your worth
  • Making PR, Marketing, and Advocacy work for you
  • Reaching the community
  • Vendors as a resource

Week 5 – Module 5: The Art and Science of Planning

  • From creation through budget and execution
  • Special projects and sources of funding
  • Planning acquisitions and the value of collection mapping
  • Working with the Technology Department needs careful planning
  • Balancing library technology with Technology Department guidelines and restrictions

Week 6 – Module 6: Being a Professional an a Wrap-up

  • The challenge of upholding library ethics
  • Preventing plagiarism
  • National standards – School Librarians and Common Core
  • Closing out the school year
  • Committing to professional growth
  • Focusing on positives – dealing with negatives
  • Best ideas of the course

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on May 15, 2017. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Hilda 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.

User Requirements

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 Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Hilda Weisburg “retired” after 31 years as a school librarian. Currently, she is on the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, serving as its liason to the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and is on the AASL Publication Advisory Board. She gives numerous presentations and has written 13 books with Ruth Toor, including New on the Job: A School Librarian’s Guide to Success, Second Edition (2015), and 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. She received the AASL Distinguished Service Award in 2016.


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