Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader

Course Description:

Librarians play an essential role in bringing teaching and learning into the digital age. The new breed of librarian still helps students with research and finding the perfect resource, but today they’re often found showing students how to use technology, helping learners detect whether information is from a trustworthy source, and facilitating schoolwide training on edtech.

Though Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader, you’ll reflect on current librarian and media specialist practice; identify areas for professional inquiry and growth; explore the Future Ready Librarians™ framework; and create and implement a personal action plan to lead from the library. This course is designed to maximize student-centered learning opportunities and help districts leverage technology as part of the Future Ready Schools® Initiative.

This is a 15-hour, self-paced course with ongoing instructor support. No previous knowledge of the Future Ready Librarians™ framework is necessary.

Course Dates:

Spring 2022 Session: February 7 - April 3
Enrollment period: Now through February 7



Summer 2022 Session: July 11 - September 4
Enrollment period: Registration opens Oct. 5, 2021

Who It's For:

  • Librarians / Library Media Specialists
  • Directors of Library & Media Services
  • Any educators working a school library with an interest in reflecting on and improving their professional practice

Course Details:

  • Course Length: 15 hours
  • Cost: $186 Member / $249 Non-member
  • Course Style: asynchronous with instructor



This course developed in collaboration with Future Ready Librarians and with support from Follett.


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ISTE U courses are graduate-level credit eligible from Dominican University of California. Find out more about eligibility for graduate-level credit, fees and next steps for this course here



ISTE U Instructor: Elissa Malespina
Instructor: Elissa Malespina

Elissa Malespina is the Teacher Librarian at Verona High School in Verona, NJ. She is the NJ Future Ready Librarians Task Force Chairperson and was the 2017-2018 ISTE Librarians Network President. She is now serving as the Membership Engagement / Leadership History Representative. Elissa also helped author the Future Ready Librarians Crosswalk. She also the author of many articles and presents nationwide. You can find Elissa at @elissamalespina and www.elissamalespina.com.