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Teacher librarians as cultural change agents

01/31/2012

Teacher librarians as cultural change agents, by Dianne Oberg

“Changing school culture requires leadership and risk-taking from the teacher librarian. In many schools, implementing a collaborative school library program still constitutes a change in the culture of the school. Often, however, initiating conversations with the principal about changes in teaching and learning in itself may constitute the beginning of a change in school culture. Working with the principal to improve teaching and learning in the school, through the school library or through other school initiatives or reforms, involves the teacher librarian in both giving support to the principal and getting support from the principal. Teacher librarians need to know, and to promote with others, the principal’s view of school goals if they expect the principal’s support for school library program goals.”

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