Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option

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Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option. By Hilda K. Weisberg. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2017. 176 p. Paper $45 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1510-3).

Funding cuts to school libraries and librarians are the norm in today's budget climate, and librarians need specific skills to ensure that school libraries survive and thrive. Weisberg's book is an all-in-one guide for school librarians. It is organized in three parts: (1) "Safe First Steps to Leadership," (2) "Building Your Leadership Skills," and (3) "Playing Larger." Part 1 includes information for librarians about developing mission and vision statements, creating a welcoming environment for students and teachers, and understanding the differences between being a classroom teacher and being a school librarian. Part 2 addresses leadership development, from discovery of one's strengths to continuous improvement as a leader to improvement of one's communication skills. Part 3 covers moving leadership outside of the library by developing a strategic plan, staying visible and current, and giving back to oneself. …

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