Four times this week.
With our library resource assistant at lunch (or having left for the day) several students showed up at my office door to ask me if “the librarian was around” because they wanted to “sign out a book”. The last inquiry asked if I “knew how to sign it [book] out for her” to which I replied, “I think I know how to do this…it looks easy enough.”
And quite frankly, I’m OK with that…
And yet, I’m not the ‘librarian’.
- find suitable reading resources
- assist and collaborate with inquiry-based projects
- introduce and demonstrate learning resources
- teach about plagiarism and avoiding it
- use of open web and online databases (dark web)
- maintain a robust professional learning platform
- present at EVERY staff meeting
- be a technology leader in the school and in the district
- promote all school events via social media outlets
- blog, tweet, and connect to grow a robust PLN
- share digital resources and 2.0 tool
But, what’s in a name (really)?
What’s in a name? Of course, the name change debate has been around for nearly thirty years and there are variations that many jurisdictions have selected: ‘library media specialist’, ‘cybrarian’, ‘library specialist’, ‘library resource personnel’, and ‘school media specialist’ to name but a few.
Other responsibilities don’t even seem to fit anywhere under the typical ‘librarian’ monicker:
- liaise with local media to promote
- member of our school leadership committee
- member of all departments (including attending those meetings)
- school technology leader and advocate
- member of school district and community-based committees
- promoter and supporter of our local public library and our relationship with them
Because, quite frankly, I’m not a librarian. I never was. Don’t have a MILS (Masters Information and Library Services) up on my wall (I have no intention of getting one.). I have a professional learning network that has grown exponentially in four and a half years. I read professional-related literature daily and share with colleagues alike.
But, I am a teacher, learner, connector, collaborator, supporter, leader, and cheerleader. And if that makes me a ‘teacher-librarian’ then perhaps the shoe does fit…