Classroom Management for School Librarians

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Foreword by Gail K. Dickinson

Your library is your classroom, and you are responsible for it no matter what’s happening there. Ineffective classroom management can hamper or completely negate your efforts at creating a strong library program, and that’s true whether you’re a new school librarian just starting out or one with many years under your belt. This powerful resource from Hilda K. Weisburg, drawing from her decades of mentorship and hard-won wisdom, will show you how to prevent, deal with, and overcome discipline problems you may face when communicating with and teaching K-12 students. You’ll also learn ways to make the library a welcoming environment and incorporate trauma-informed learning into your practice. As you read, you’ll gain crucial insights on issues such as 

  • how to stay centered and focused by drawing up plans, guidelines, and policies that will give you a formal basis for your decisions and actions;
  • the differences between management and control;
  • cooperation, collaboration, and co-teaching—and where curriculum fits in;
  • techniques for handling distractions, disruptions, and defiance;
  • practical steps for creating a safe and welcoming space through guidance on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • time management as a tool for juggling extra responsibilities such as book clubs and extra-curricular activities; 
  • strategies for coping with stress when you feel overwhelmed; and
  • ending the year right by creating your own checklist of “closing” tasks, including assessment and reflection.

Complete with Key Ideas at the end of each chapter that will assist you in real-world implementation, Weisburg’s go-to reference will guide you through the special challenges that come with managing the school library classroom.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use. 


Foreword by Gail K. Dickinson

1.    The Library Classroom—It’s Different
2.    Begin as You Mean to Go On
3.    A Library Lesson
4.    Cooperation and Collaboration—and Co-Teaching
5.    The Curriculum
6.    Distractions, Disruptions, and Defiance
7.    Time Management, Clubs, and Other Uses of the Library
8.    A Safe, Welcoming Space
9.    Assessments
10.    Ending the Year Right
11.    Managing the Whole


Hilda K. Weisburg

Hilda K. Weisburg was a school librarian for more than 30 years and is now an author, speaker, and adjunct instructor at William Paterson University and Montana State University. She coauthored (with Ruth Toor) more than a dozen books for school librarians, including Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (2011) and New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success (2014). Weisburg is also the author of School Librarian’s Career Planner (2013), Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option (2017), and Classroom Management for School Librarians (2020). For 35 years, she cowrote and edited School Librarian’s Workshop, a bimonthly newsletter for K–12 librarians. Weisburg has given presentations at ALA, AASL, and state library conferences. She has also presented staff development workshops in many locations. A past president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, she is a past chair of the AASL Advocacy committee, chairs the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public Libraries, and serves on various ALA committees. Weisburg was the recipient of AASL’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.