Tips from the Trenches: Managing a School Library
A 20-year library veteran shares strategies for tackling the management side of a school librarian's responsibilities. Most people become school librarians because they love books and enjoy teaching kids, but the job entails many "behind the scenes" tasks as well. School librarians are teachers, but they are also program administrators and managers. It's easy to get bogged down in all the different facets of the job battling for your attention, but being an effective library manager allows you to better serve your patrons.
Learn to be strategic with your time by creating a plan of attack for four different areas:
1) Personnel and operations
Working effectively with colleagues, administrators, aides and volunteers; organizing your physical space.
2) Managing the collection
Collection development, weeding, inventory, budget.
3) Communications & marketing
Using print and electronic formats to share information with students, staff, administrators, parents, and community members.
4) Lifelong learning
Professional development and staying informed of new trends, technology and books.
This webinar presentation was sponsored by Emporia State University and the Kansas Association of School Librarians.