Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader

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American Library Association, 2011 - Education - 170 pages
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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.

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Knowing Who You Are
Knowing Your Stakeholders
Thinking Bigger
Appendix Web Resources
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About the author (2011)

Ruth Toor retired after 29 years as an elementary school librarian in Chatham, New Jersey. She is a past president of AASL and a past member of ALA Council. During her AASL presidency, she was its representative to the National Forum for History Standards as well as a member of the Implementation Committee for Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. She taught graduate courses at Rutgers and Montclair State Universities. A past president of NJASL, she received its President s Award.

Hilda K. Weisburg retired after 31 years as a school librarian. Currently she is the chair of AASL Advocacy Committee and is on the ALA Committee on Literacy. She gives numerous presentations in New Jersey and at state library association conferences. Together with Ruth Toor she has written 13 books (and a recent solo work for ALA Editions, The School Librarian s Career Planner) and became sole publisher and editor of School Librarian s Workshop. Contact her at or @hildakw on Twitter.

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