Being Indispensable

Being Indispensable

by Ruth Toor, Hilda K. Weisburg
     
 

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In New on the Job, experts Toor and Weisburg helped newbies make the transition to real-world school librarianship. Being Indispensable is all about staying one: without a proactive approach, school librarians, facing a severe economic downturn and budget cuts, run the risk of becoming an endangered species. In clear, simple, and practical language, this book… See more details below

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In New on the Job, experts Toor and Weisburg helped newbies make the transition to real-world school librarianship. Being Indispensable is all about staying one: without a proactive approach, school librarians, facing a severe economic downturn and budget cuts, run the risk of becoming an endangered species. In clear, simple, and practical language, this book empowers school librarians by helping them
• Understand what other stakeholders in a school need and want
• Demonstrate their importance to administrators,
teachers, and parents
• Plan strategically in both their personal and professional lives
• Master important tools like advocacy and marketing Making the case for the vital role school librarians play in learning, this book gives readers all the strategies they need to become the kind of leader their school can't do without.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jane Harper
Most school librarians will tell you: we have the best job in the world. Unfortunately, in these tough economic times, keeping that job and maintaining exemplary library programs can be challenging. It is the rare school librarian who is not concerned about the impact of shrinking budgets. A book that offers to help us establish ourselves as indispensable in our buildings could not be more welcome—particularly when it delivers on its promise as well as this one. Written by two recently retired school librarians with decades of experience and years of leadership roles at the national and regional levels, this is a practical, comprehensive guide filled with recommendations and suggestions that are firmly grounded in reality. Every piece of advice in this book—whether it is planning an "elevator talk," defining a mission, managing time, or developing a strategic plan—is designed to help school librarians demonstrate their critical importance to the school's educational program. The authors offer concrete suggestions for understanding and addressing the wants and needs of all library stakeholders, whether they be first-graders or local business leaders. Chapters are brief, and include exercises for reader response and reflection. Each section includes thoughtful discussion questions, and a summary of key ideas. An annotated list of Web resources provides further help and information. This is an excellent book to share with a Professional Learning Community of school librarians. It is sure to be a useful resource for personal enrichment and professional development. Reviewer: Jane Harper
School Library Journal
This timely title provides a toolkit of strategies designed to help librarians become vital players in their school communities. The authors lay out a specific plan of attack for becoming indispensable—so much so that parents, teachers, and administrators couldn't imagine a school without a library. The text includes workbook-type activities that help librarians focus on knowing who they are, understanding their stakeholders, and advocating for their program and position. The authors have a hint of fairy-godmother about them; they're encouraging and supportive, but also quite stern at times. For example, their advice includes the following: "Throughout this process you must be scrupulously honest. Neither sugarcoat reality nor make it worse than it is." Although the individual ideas presented in the text aren't necessarily new, the authors have collected and distilled a huge amount of information into a step-by-step game plan that both beginning and experienced school librarians can follow.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780838910658
Publisher:
ALA Editions
Publication date:
10/04/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
336,961
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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