[library-media] Library-Media

Sharyl Smith sharylsmith at att.net
Sun Jan 24 11:38:59 MST 2010

I'm astounded!

"Disappointed" doesn't begin to express how I feel about the AASL leadership. Couldn't they come up with something that hasn't been around for fifty years? "School librarians," was exciting when I first attended library school in the mid-1960s; the term was meant to distinguish us from public librarians. Today, the term is no longer new and exciting; it says nothing about being teachers, information specialists, nor does it imply a certificate of any kind.


Nomenclature aside, it won't matter what we call ourselves if we don't deliver. If we don't assume the roles of teacher, reading advocate, information specialist, program manager, and partner in planning and teaching curriculum, it won't matter what we call ourselves. 


To conclude, AASL hasn't done any favor for the profession by taking a step backwards and retaining "school librarian." 





Dr. Sharyl G. Smith

University of Washington Information School Faculty, retired

Former Utah State Specialist for Library Media, USOE

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