We are excited to announce that our Librarian Professional Book Club title is. . .

The Indispensable Librarian", 2nd Edition, by Doug Johnson

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We hope you will read along with us!

  • Please sign up to participate by filling out this form.

  • Up to the first 50 CPS librarians who sign up will be able to receive a free copy of the book (Follett digital or print - your choice).

  • Sign up to participate by October 10, 2014.

  • Books will be shipped to you via delivery to your school or to your Follett eBook Shelf.

  • All librarian members of the Librarian Professional Book Club will participate in our virtual discussions of The Indispensable Librarian, Second Edition. To communicate with each other, librarians will become students in Google Classroom. Participation is asynchronous, meaning that you can participate at a time - 24/7 - that is most convenient to you.

  • Approximately every 10 days we will have a new online activity and/or discussion question in our Google Documents. Prior to that date, please read the associated chapters, so you are ready to participate. See our anticipated discussion schedule below.

  • Each of the eight modules will take you about 1 hour to complete. This includes reading the chapters and responding to prompts and others via Google Classroom.

  • Please remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you disagree with someone, please be respectful.

  • Certificates of Participation will be provided for each member who actively participates in all 8 online modules. [Supports REACH FfTL 4d - Growing and developing professionally.]

  • To remain in good standing with the book club and be eligible to receive future book club books free of charge (based on available quantities), participants should, at minimum, respond to the discussion question/activity and comment on at least one other person's post for all eight modules.

Optional Culminating Event

Everyone who participates in all 8 modules will be invited to a face-to-face culminating Indispensable Book Club Dinner & Discussion on Wednesday, February 11th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Location to be announced. Doug Johnson, author and nationally recognized leader in school librarianship, is scheduled to skype in to briefly talk to our group. We'll also spend some time in great conversation and sharing. CPDU credit hours will be provided for this event.

SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)

Module posted



Chapters to Read


November 17, 2014
Due Nov. 24st
Intro/Ch. 1
Collaborative Google slides: Respond to “How do CPS Librarians meet challenges facing our profession?” (pages 4 to 7)Click here to submit Chapter 1 reflections
November 24, 2014
Due Dec. 3
Chapters 2 & 3
Pages 29-32 share a 12 point library program checklist for principals.
On which point would your library program score the highest? Why?
On which point would your library program need improvement? What could you do to improve it?
Click here to submit Chapter 2 and 3 Reflections
December 4, 2014
Due Dec. 12
Chapter 4
Let's have a conversation about communication and advocacy!

Click here to take part in the Google Doc conversation about Chapter 4
December 16, 2014
Due Jan. 9
Chapters 5 & 6
Share your reflections on how resource management has changed in the 21st Century Library

Click here to share your reflections on Chapters 5 and 6
January 6, 2015
Due Jan. 16
Chapters 7 & 8
Curriculum and Budget

How do you guide students in the information jungle? Questions on Chapters 7 and 8
January 15, 2015
Due Jan. 26th
Chapters 9-11
Facilities, Digital Intellectual Freedom and Ethics and Technology
Click here to share your reflections on Chapter 9, 10 or 11
January 28, 2015
Due Feb. 4th
Chapters 12 & 13
Copyright, Creative Commons, Being a Tech "Consultant" for your school
Questions for Chapters 11 and 12
February 2, 2015
Due Feb. 11th
Chapters 14 & 15
Surviving Professional Transitions and Libraries and the Future
Click here to share your Chapter 14 and 15 Culminating Event Reflections
February 11, 2015
Participate in Culminating live dinner event and chat with author Doug Johnson
Culminating Event
Book Club Dinner and Skype Event with author Doug Johnson!
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Andrew Jackson Language Academy Library
1340 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL
Register through CPS University for 2 CPDU credit hours