CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the publication of “Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader,” by Ruth Toor and Hilda K. Weisburg. In their previous Editions book “New on the Job,” experts Toor and Weisburg helped newbies make the transition to real-world school librarianship. “Being Indispensable” is all about staying a librarian: 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.
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). With Toor, she has written numerous books for librarians; the duo has been writing and editing the School Librarian’s Workshop since 1980.