Tag Archives: Teacher librarians
This has been reposted from my school library blog.
On the topic of the teacher librarians’ role and exactly what it is we TLs do in our jobs, I wanted to share this article in The Guardian: Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian. We all know that there’s more to being a librarian than stamping books, as the subtitle of the article states. How bothered are we by the fact that a large proportion of our school communities have little idea what we do?
If we stopped the next person walking by on the street and asked them what our jobs as librarians involve, we’d be willing to bet that their first answer would be stamping books. This is because many people’s experience of librarians is of the frontline, customer service staff.
I think the same can be said of school libraries although it varies greatly depending on the interaction between teacher librarians and teaching staff. What the article says about librarians is surely relevant to teacher librarians, librarians and technicians -
If anyone ever thought they’d become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too.
Of course, in the digital age, in fact, in the global digital culture in particular, teacher librarians play a vital role in schools. What exactly is the role of a 21st teacher librarian?
It’s not something which can be answered in a simple sentence. For this reason, I want to share links to curated websites on this topic. I am including a list of Scoop.its which have been curated by various people (including me) on the topic of the 21st century teacher librarian. I hope you find this list useful; it includes all things relevant to the 21st century librarian in the broadest sense.
My Scoop.it – What is a teacher librarian?
Curation and libraries and learning - Joyce Valenza
e-Books – Carmel Galvin
Create the web and learn to live - @pipcleaves
21st century libraries – Dr Steve Matthews
Educational technology and libraries – Kim Tairi
Embedded Librarianship – Buffy Hamilton
Graphic Novels in the classroom – @dilaycock
Information coping skills – Beth Kanter
Information science and library studies - Joao Brogueira
Information fluency, transliteracy, research tools – Joyce Valenza
Inquiry and digital literacy – Shawn Hinger
Internet Search – Phil Bradley
Learning – Darren Kuropatwa
Libraries and ethnography - Buffy Hamilton
Libraries and Tumblr – Buffy Hamilton
Libraries as sites of enchantment, participatory culture and learning (what a title!) – Buffy again
Livebinders – Peggy George
Multiliteracies – Vance Stevens
New librarianship – Karen Burns
Personal learning networks for librarians – Donna Watt
QR codes – libraries - NairarbilUCA
Readers’ advisory for secondary schools – Marita Thomson
School libraries – Nickki Robinson
Social media content curation- Guiseppe Mauriello
Social networking for information professionals – Judy O’Connell
The library technician – Dawn Jimenez
Weird and wonderful - for librarians and booklovers – Jean Anning
This selection is only a small fraction of what’s being curated by people passionate about their topic on Scoop.it. It’s overwhelming but also a fantastic way of keeping track of evolving scoops on searchable topics. The fact that the list relevant to teacher librarians is so broad indicates the breadth of the teacher librarians’ focus and involvement. Of course, we can’t do everything but it’s a good idea to see potential involvement, and having seen the bigger picture, delegate to team members (assuming you have a team) the most pressing areas according to their interest.
By the way, Scoop.its are very easy to make and make reading enjoyable in their magazine-scoop-style presentation. It’s easy to follow, to search, to share and to recommend Scoop.its and articles. It’s also a brilliant way to build your Personal Learning Network by investigating the curators, checking out their bio, looking at what else they’ve curated or what they themselves follow.
You’ve got to start somewhere! Happy scooping!
- Teacher Isolation: As a classroom teacher, I was deeply entrenched in my own world. I spent so much time worrying about what was happening inside my classroom, I sometimes forgot there was a world spinning outside of it.
- Teacher Education #Fail: If my own teacher education program emphasized instructional partnerships of any kind, I forgot to sign up for that class. Collaborating with other professionals was not a skill that I was taught in teacher school.
- Librarian #Fail: This message was not being sent by the school librarians I worked with. Or if it was, not very effectively.
Photo from Enokson on Flickr
Books have been a source of information for some time now. But in libraries, the people have been important too. Librarians have been the personal link to information for some time too.
As the world of information has changed from being bound in books to becoming available to all on the net, people have become even more important because of their expertise. In schools, just as we are seeing a movement towards reducing funding to libraries, teacher librarians are skilling up in step with a fast-changing, online world, and are not only supporting the management an overwhelming outpouring of information, but are also able to support new digital skills in a globalised society.
Libraries are no longer prized for their hard-copy content as much as for their intellectual property. Resource centres, stage for events that bring people to ideas, gathering places – libraries have evolved and continue to do so.
If our libraries are recognised in these ways, we will never be redundant – on the contrary, we will be essential.
How do you see the emerging role of libraries and school libraries?
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This morning I read a tweet that left me in shock:
New FF blog post So long and thanks for all the fish: This is the 798th post to the Fiction Focus blog sinc… http://bit.ly/9eNNmK #FFblog
Following the link I discovered the bad news – Judi Jagger would no longer be writing the Fiction Focus blog:
This is the 798th post to the Fiction Focus blog since it began in early 2008. We didn’t quite make the 800. Unfortunately funding is no longer available for me to continue in this role, so my involvement has ended.
Whether or not my colleagues will have the time to maintain the blog will decide its fate. It certainly cannot be at the rate of posts that there have been in the past as they have an enormous workload.
Thanks for all the positive comments that come this way over the past nearly-three years. I have enjoyed every minute. No, make that lovedevery minute.
I know that I speak for many people, teacher librarians in particular, for whom the Fiction Focus blog has been the first port of call for best quality YA fiction reviews and current information about books and reading.
The blog has been a wonderful extension of the CMIS Fiction Focus journal published three times a year by CMIS, Department of Education and Training (WA). Although we’ve relied on the hard copy journal for a long time, the blog has been a welcome development at a time when social media transforms static publications into writing which has a personal voice and invites commentary and discussion.
I’m completely baffled as to why such an initiative would be terminated.
If you’ve enjoyed the Fiction Focus blog, please join me in expressing your gratitude to Judi and the team, and leave a comment on this blog or, better still, on Fiction Focus’ last blog post here.