I’ve been cleaning out old files, and came across this gem:
Qualifications for the position of Media Specialist/Librarian, by Augie Beasley and Carolyn Palmer, originally published in The Book Report in January 1987.
- A great sense of humor for the times you’re kidded about ‘dusting shelves,’ ‘stamping books,’ or ‘needing a college degree’ for your job.
- A magic hat to turn limited library funds into quality programs.
- The ability to smile and bite your tongue at the same time.
- A thick skin, able to withstand critical comments from teachers and students.
- A strong foot for all those times you kick equipment when all else has failed.
- The willingness to find ways to meet requests rather than finding excuses.
- A crystal ball to assist you in reading minds while attempting to understand vague reference questions.
- A forgiving nature toward all those who find fault.
- The uncanny ability to change the lamp in a projector, answer a reference question, and schedule equipment while talking on the phone.
- Persistence to sustain yourself while you try to convince teachers to coordinate library skills instruction with classroom assignments.
- Plenty of patience in waiting for answers from teachers, looking for answers for students, and accepting answers from administrators.
- The ability to accept well-meaning advice and ignore unfounded criticism — and the common sense to know the difference.
- A personality that offers a lot of service with a smile.
Ridiculous suggestions from (and sage responses to) folks who obviously do not understand how libraries function: WILL UNWOUND #754: ‘Fingernail on the Chalk Board”
The Need to Shift and Widen School Library Advocacy Efforts: an Opinion Piece published in Library media Connection.
Read/download the PDF at http://tinyurl.com/83kb47f or http://www.abc-clio.com/uploadedFiles/Content/promo/Linworth_and_LMC_Files/LMC_Web/Hartzell.pdf
both articles are from Edutopia. Yet NO mention of School Librarians, although we’ve been doing PBL all along.
Hmmm…what’s wrong with this picture?
Powerful reasoning from a public librarian on why school libraries are essential: http://addisonlibrarycs.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/act-now/
Back in January, Carl Harvey created this petition: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/ensure-every-child-america-has-access-effective-school-library-program/tmlbRqfF
It took several months, but the White House finally responded (albeit in rather vague, non-commital langauge): https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/#!/response/supporting-school-libraries-and-critical-role-they-play?utm_source=wethepeople&utm_medium=response&utm_campaign=libraries
And here is Carl’s reaction to that official response: http://carl-harvey.com/libraryties/2012/04/16/white-house-petition-the-response/
Obviously, we’ve still got work to do!