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.

Course Dates:

Fall 2023 Session: October 9 - December 10
Enrollment period: Now through October 9



For custom cohorts of 20+ educators, reach out to isteu@iste.org.

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 Instructor: Elissa Malespina
Meet Your 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.

ISTE U Instructor: Sheri Massey
Meet your Instructor: Sheri Massey

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.

ISTE U Instructor: Ashley Cooksey
Meet your Instructor: Ashley Cooksey

Ashley J. Cooksey is a school librarian in Arkansas and an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the immediate past-president of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) and a member of ISTE, the Arkansas Library Association, and ALA/AASL. Ashley is a fourth-year blogger for AASL’s Knowledge Quest and co-founder of #ArkTLChat, Arkansas’ monthly teacher-librarian chat. She is the 2018 recipient of the AASL Social Media Superstar Award as an Advocacy Ambassador and the two-time recipient of the Arkansas Library Association Retta Patrick School Librarian Award. Most recently, she was awarded the Pat McDonald Individual Achievement Award from the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media. Ashley is a Coding and Early Literacy Subject Advisor for codeSpark Academy, as well as a Flipgrid and Wakelet ambassador. She is a passionate advocate for student voice, blended learning, creating a growth mindset in education, and using social media to enhance learning.