Leadership for School Librarians

Monday, 1/3/2022 - Sunday, 2/13/2022

While the data clearly shows that a school library program with a certified school librarian has a positive impact on student achievement, getting administrators and teachers to recognize the importance of the school librarian is a challenge. With schools across the country shut down due to the current crisis, it’s more important than ever that school librarians take the reins of their own careers through bold leadership. 

This eCourse shows you how you can become a visible leader in your school and community while still dealing with your day-to-day responsibilities. Using her popular book Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option as the text (an electronic copy of which will be included in the course materials), Hilda Weisburg builds on her decades of experience and mentorship in school libraries to offer a carefully crafted roadmap that guides you step by step through the process of transforming into a leader, from becoming aware of what's at stake to learning and mastering the necessary skills for leadership.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in this course, you will: 

  • Identify barriers, real and imagined, which have kept you from being the leader you need to be 
  • Improve your teaching skills and demonstrate them to key stakeholders 
  • Progress from applying simple leadership skills to more complex skills 
  • Understand the communication skills needed to ensure the messages you send will be received

Who Should Attend

School librarians will find this course relevant.


Hilda K. Weisburg was a school librarian for over 30 years. Starting in 1980, she co-wrote and edited School Librarian’s Workshop, a bi-monthly newsletter for K-12 librarians. After 31 years in print, she became publisher and sole author/editor, making it an e-publication. She co-authored (with Ruth Toor) fourteen books for school librarians, including Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (ALA Editions, 2011); School Librarian’s Career Planner (2013); New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success (2014); and, most recently, Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option (2017), which has been an ALA best-seller since publication. She has given presentations at AASL and state library media conferences and given staff development workshops in many locations. She teaches a graduate courses at William Paterson University and has taught one at Rutgers University. A past president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, she is a past chair of the AASL Advocacy committee, chairs the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public Libraries, and serves on ALA committees. She was the recipient of AASL’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.



  • $209.00 for nonmembers
  • $188.10 for ALA Members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Email: registration@ala.org
  • By Mail: American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601

Tech 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. This course is fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org.

If you have any other questions about this event, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

At Your Service

Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.