New iteration: New on the Job eCourse/e-book bundle

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/08/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, New on the Job. Hilda Weisburg will serve as the instructor for a 6-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, June 4, 2018.

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.

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

About the Instructor

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.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on June 4, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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