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Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader

Librarians play an essential role in bringing teaching and learning into the digital age. Today's librarians still help students with research and assist them in finding the perfect book or magazine, but they also show students how to use technology, help learners detect whether information is from a trustworthy source and facilitate schoolwide edtech training.

Though Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader, you’ll reflect on 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. 

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15 hours
Course Fees
  • Member: $186.00
  • Non-Member: $249.00

Meet Your Instructors

Ashley Cooksey
Ashley J. Cooksey


Ashley J. Cooksey (she/her) is the Director of the Technology Learning Center and instructor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. She is passionate about student voice, technology-enhanced learning, and awareness and mindfulness in the classroom. Ashley is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

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

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Elissa Malespina

Teacher Librarian

Sheri Massey
Sheri Massey

School Librarian

Sheri Anita Massey earned her Ph.D. in Information Studies and her Master of Library Science degrees from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. A former classroom teacher and university instructor, Dr. Massey is currently the school librarian at Cabin John Middle School in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools. Her research interests include digital libraries for children; the information behavior of urban youth; and, the development, implementation, and evaluation of school library media programs to promote student learning.

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

Future Ready Librarians: A project of the Alliance for Excellent Education
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ISTE U courses are eligible for graduate-level credit through our partnership with Dominican University of California. Find out about eligibility and fees for receiving graduate-level university credit for this course here.

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