Another book review to share from the “To Read” list in the INALJ blog post I wrote! This book is number 5 on the list, and if you’re a school library professional, you need to take a look at this book!
New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success by Ruth Toor and Hilda K. Weisburg is a great read for those new school library professionals on their first job. While I am not sure if it includes every aspect of the job (since I’m still a newbie myself), I feel that it covers a very wide base of subjects related to the profession. The book was published in 2007, but its information is relatively up-to-date. The only major change has been that AASL’s Empowering Learners has replaced Information Power, which is mentioned in this book. I felt this book was extremely important for those who are beginning their job search as a school librarian, especially because of the first few chapters: Getting the Job; Finding Your Way; and Getting Yourself Organized. One of the most strikingly true ideas from the book is on page 4, where it reminds the school librarian professional that the students are the most important customers of the library. Therefore, we are to run the library in the business sense to meet their needs first and foremost (without leaving out teachers, administrators, and the rest of the educational community). Overall, this is a great read! I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.
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