New on the Job eCourse/eBook bundle

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$ 225.00
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From:  June 4, 2018
To:  July 15, 2018
Delivery Method: 
6 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
36 Hours
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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 covers 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 e-book of New on the Job.

By 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

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 June 4, 2018. 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.

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

Hilda Weisburg

Hilda Weisburg retired as library media specialist at Morristown High School in Morristown, N.J. in 2004. She has taught graduate courses at William Paterson University and Rutgers University. A past president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), she is the association's delegate to AASL's Affiliate Assembly, on which she has served as chair and Region II director. Currently, she is a member of the ALA Literacy Committee and the ALA/CBC (Children's Book Council) Joint Committee. She is the chair of the 2010 National Institute (Fall Forum). She has given presentations at AASL and state library media conferences and given staff development workshops for many school districts. In addition, she has been a library consultant for several New Jersey districts. With Ruth Toor, she has written thirteen books for librarians, the most recent being New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist's Guide to Success. The duo has been writing and editing the School Librarian's Workshop since 1980.

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