[library-media] AASL - New Title

Fawn Morgan fmorgan at dsdmail.net
Sat Jan 23 09:26:12 MST 2010

Hello colleagues and friends,

Lanell and I have been discussing the import of this new name adoption with the following conclusions:

1) "School librarian" places that person in a particular library - just as public, medical, law, special, or academic librarian does. 

2) Removes the confusing term "media". Hopefully, there will now be the assumption that we do more than replace light bulbs on projectors, or hook up DVD players, or merely check out equipment. The public has a better understanding of what "librarians" do than they have of what "media specialists" do. I qualify with the word "better" because most of my casual friends still think we just read and check out books. It is up to each of us to show individually that technology applications and teaching information literacy skills are only aspects of the job.

3) Depending on our individual district or other school administrative policies, our formal job titles may vary to reflect pay scales, hiring requirements, or extra duties and responsibilities. However, most of us are happy to be known as "librarians," in a general setting.

My next question is: Since we are now all school librarians, and now work in a school library rather than a school media center, how do we get this message across to others? Since it has taken 40 years for some folks to adopt the description library media centers, and managed to drop the library part as often as not, I fear I will go to my grave fighting the battle. Any ideas?

For all those who are living models of the AASL/ALA job description, I admire you all! According to AASL: "School librarian...the title which reflects the roles of the 21st-century school library professional as a leader, instructional partner, information specialist, teacher, and program administrator." I also love Mike Eisenberg's additional description of one of our major areas of responsibility, CIO, Chief Information Officer. Which of you intends to put this on the sign above your door? I'd love it!

Layton High School Librarian

>>>> "Lanell Rabner" 1/19/2010 2:05 
>>>>PM >>> 
> Check out the latest from AASL: 
> The American Association of School Librarians* (AASL) 
> Board of Directors voted at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in 
> Boston on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, to officially adopt 
> the profession the title school librarian. 
> Read about the change at: 
> http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2010/january2010/adopt_aasl.cfm 
> ~lanell 
> Lanell Rabner 
> Librarian 
> Springville High School 
> 1205 East 900 South 
> Springville, Utah 84663 USA 
> 801.489.2870 
> lanell.rabner at nebo.edu 
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Lanell Rabner 
Springville High School 
1205 East 900 South 
Springville, Utah 84663 USA 
lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
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