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In the spring, the district consultants will launch two online learning opportunities using our online classroom via Adobe Connect. The first program is aimed at librarians in any type of library who have (or want to have) supervisory responsibilities. The second program is all about school library advocacy and is for school library media specialists and library ed techs.
Each week, there will be an assigned reading from the required text. The chapters are fairly short so it shouldn't be difficult to get the reading done and prepare for the discussion each week. Then, once a week, for one hour, participants will gather in the online space to discuss the reading and activities in that chapter. Those who successfully complete the program will receive contact hours.
In order to participate you will need one of the books below, a computer with a camera, a built in microphone OR a headset you can plug into your computer. Some stipends are available to defray the cost of materials. Contact your district consultant for more information. For additional information and to register, please go to the calendar http://evanced.info/maine/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=0 <http://artemis.bpl.lib.me.us/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://evanced.info/maine/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=0> . The registration can be found under the start date of January 30, 2013.
Program 1: Be a Great Boss (30 contact hours)
Did you wake up one morning to find that you are now the boss-either by design or accident? Suddenly you realize that being the boss isn't as fun as you thought it would be. Maybe the staff is supportive but, you feel like there is so much more you could do to develop your team and you're drowning in the details. Or, maybe your staff doesn't treat you with respect, you feel ineffective at managing your people, or some of the staff is downright hostile! How do you turn the situation around? By being the best boss you can be! This program is a working guide to the key issues and realities that all bosses need to know. Topics include: attitude, success with stakeholders, staffing, communication, customer service, planning, friends and allies, training, funding, people, leadership and your future in the profession.
Required Reading: Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
ALA 2011 (paper $52, eBook $42)
Program 2: Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (25 contact hours)
Without a proactive approach demonstrating the vital role school libraries play in learning, school librarians run the risk of becoming an endangered species. The text and discussions will help empower school librarians to demonstrate to their stakeholders the value they bring to the table.
Participants will come away from this program:
* Understanding what other stakeholders in a school need and want
* Will be able to demonstrate their importance to administrators, teachers, and parents
* Will become more adept using essential tools like advocacy and marketing
From the authors-"This book gives readers all the strategies they need to become the kind of leader their school can't do without."
Required Reading: Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader: Ruth Toor & Hilda K. Weisburg, ALA 2011 (paper $42, eBook $34)
Valerie Osborne, Stephanie Zurinski, and Mamie Anthoine-Ney
Consultants, Maine Regional Library System