Leadership for School Librarians eCourse

Leadership for School Librarians eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

Price: 
$150.00
ALA Member 
$135.00
Item Number:
1541-9498
Dates: 
From:  October 5, 2020
To:  November 15, 2020
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
6 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
36 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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While the data clearly shows that a school library program with a certified school librarian has a positive impact on student achievement, getting administrators and teachers to recognize the importance of the school librarian is a challenge. With schools across the country shut down due to the current crisis, it’s more important than ever that school librarians take the reins of their own careers through bold leadership. 

This eCourse shows you how you can become a visible leader in your school and community while still dealing with your day-to-day responsibilities. Using her popular book Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option as the text (an electronic copy of which will be included in the course materials), Hilda Weisburg builds on her decades of experience and mentorship in school libraries to offer a carefully crafted roadmap that guides you step by step through the process of transforming into a leader, from becoming aware of what's at stake to learning and mastering the necessary skills for leadership.

By participating in this course, you will: 

  • Identify barriers, real and imagined, which have kept you from being the leader you need to be 
  • Improve your teaching skills and demonstrate them to key stakeholders 
  • Progress from applying simple leadership skills to more complex skills 
  • Understand the communication skills needed to ensure the messages you send will be received 

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 by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on October 5, 2020. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. 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 6-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.

Bulk Orders

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

Hilda Weisburg

Hilda Weisburg was a school librarian for over 30 years. Starting in 1980, she co-wrote and edited School Librarian’s Workshop, a bi-monthly newsletter for K-12 librarians. After 31 years in print, she became publisher and sole author/editor, making it an e-publication. She co-authored (with Ruth Toor) fourteen books for school librarians, including Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (ALA Editions, 2011); School Librarian’s Career Planner (2013); New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success (2014); and, most recently, Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option (2017), which has been an ALA best-seller since publication. She has given presentations at AASL and state library media conferences and given staff development workshops in many locations. She teaches a graduate courses at William Paterson University and has taught one at Rutgers University. A past president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, she is currently NJASL’s liaison to AASL and serves on ALA COPE and ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee. She is the recipient of AASL’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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