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Library Leadership Cooperative

Library leaders have the potential to positively impact every student, teacher, and administrator on their campus. The On the Leading Edge Series is designed for all K-12 librarians committed to supporting schools and learning through advancing their leadership capacity.

(Cooperative services apply regardless of whether or not a librarian currently holds a formal leadership title.)

Goals of the Co-op:  

  • Establish a supportive regional cohort of school library leaders for purposes of networking, collaboration, and continuous growth.

  • Advance leadership skills in school librarians.

  • Inspire insight and strategy development for building high performing school library programs.

  • Examine and develop ways to measure impact in order to advocate for and build strong support for school libraries.


$725 per person. Sign up through the ESC-20 Commitment System.


Martha (Marty) Rossi

Project Manager,
Digital Resources & Library Services
(210) 370-5711

Session Dates and Descriptions:

Participants in the On the Leading Edge Series will progress as a cohort through the following full day face-to-face sessions at ESC-20. Attendees will engage with experts and guest speakers and have the opportunity to receive support in chosen areas of targeted leadership development.

  • On the Leading Edge of Visioning

    (October 11, 2018)

Build a foundation by analyzing core beliefs about what you do and why you do it. Make a plan for the future of the school library and develop ways to communicate that plan and its progress.

    • Mission design and alignment

    • Beliefs and values

    • Strategic planning

  • On the Leading Edge of Relationships

    (November 8, 2018)

Examine status of current relationships and evaluate relationship needs. Devise a plan to reach and engage with stakeholders and reinforce existing relationships.

    • Trust and collaboration

    • Working effectively with others

    • Librarians as professional development providers

  • On the Leading Edge of Coaching

    (December 13, 2018)

Build and practice coaching skills to strengthen interpersonal connections; establish and take action towards achieving goals.

    • Critical conversations and teamwork

    • Shifting energy

    • Solution finding

  • On the Leading Edge of Communication

    (January 24, 2019)

Hone skills needed to communicate ideas clearly in order to reach understanding and consensus.  Examine purpose and intent of messages with empathy and openness to varied points of view.

    • Effective written and verbal skills

    • Public speaking

    • Negotiating

  • On the Leading Edge of Innovation

    (February 21, 2019)

Discuss how today’s students learn - with or without technology - and how librarians influence and support that process.

    • Fostering creativity; Inspiring curiosity

    • Library physical and virtual design

    • Anytime anywhere learning

  • On the Leading Edge of Influence

    (March 21, 2019)

Examine, design, and develop methods to measure the library program's impact on student growth.  Devise a plan to effectively communicate results and observations to all stakeholders.

    • Value and impact of the library

    • Assessment of student learning

    • Garnering support from all school communities

  • On the Leading Edge of Library Promotion

    (April 11, 2019)

Design and develop a marketing plan to build awareness of library activities and programs.  Collect data and evidence of outreach results.  Build an advocacy platform.

    • Advocacy

    • Marketing and promotion to all types of school community groups

  • On the Leading Edge of Opportunity

    (May 9, 2019)

Compile a plan for next school year identifying areas of intended transformation. Discuss career planning for yourself, as well as those you may work with in a leadership capacity.

    • Designing and leading transformation

    • Career development, recruiting, interviewing, performance evaluation

    • Succession planning

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