[library-media] Library-Media

Hinckley, Scott SCOTT.HINCKLEY at canyonsdistrict.org
Sun Jan 24 18:44:12 MST 2010

Thanks you for saying what others seem to be unable or unwilling to say--a step backwards.

Scott Hinckley
Media Specialist
Alta High School
Canyons School District

From: library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org [library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Sharyl Smith [sharylsmith at att.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 11:38 AM
To: library-media at lists.uen.org
Subject: [library-media] Library-Media

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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