Being Indispensible: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job

School librarians are worried about their jobs, and with good reason.  Budget cuts have taken many jobs, and those who have retained their jobs find their resources stretched thin. In this eCourse, respected authority Weisburg will give school librarians concrete strategies for demonstrating and proving their worth through clear, focused leadership.


Showing you how to focus and strengthen your programs, and articulate those strategies in ways that build support for yourself and your library within your institution, she will leave no stone unturned. You will learn how to lead; how to identify the people you need to influence; and how to influence them on paper, in person, and during meetings. 

Learning Outcomes

• Making the case for the vital role school librarians play in learning

• Identifying your mission/vision in order to focus your program and be able to prioritize efficiently

• Building a solid base of support among stakeholders who hold the power over your future

• Creating and preparing to carry out plans targeted to strengthen your programs


Hilda K. Weisburg retired as library media specialist at Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey, and 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 to which she has served as chair. Currently, she is on the ALA Literacy Committee and AASL’s Retiree Task Force. She has served on numerous other AASL committees as well. Author of School Librarian’s Career Planner, she has co-written fourteen other  books for library media specialists, including two for ALA Editions, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (2011) and New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success (2007). She is now the publisher and sole editor of the bimonthly electronic newsletter School Librarian’s Workshop, which has been in publication since 1980. She has given presentations at AASL and state library media conferences and given staff development workshops in many locations.


How to Register

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on November 4, can be purchased at the ALA Store.