[library-media] Library-Media

Julie Atwood Julie.Atwood at slc.k12.ut.us
Mon Jan 25 10:37:08 MST 2010

Salt Lake City School District has "Library Technology Teachers."  This change came about from a direct request by our superintendency, two years ago.  


Julie Atwood
Educational Technology / Library Media
Salt Lake City School District
Phone (801) 578-8391

>>> "Kim Hanson" <khanson at btsb.com> 1/25/2010 10:17 AM >>>
I am sorry you are disappointed.  I have been using the term for many
years now when visiting the schools.  I detest the term media
specialist.  However, I do have one school district in Colorado Springs
who use the term library technology educator or LTE.  This is up to date
and still refers to the library.  Just a thought.
Kim Hanson
Mountain Division Sales Manager
Bound To Stay Bound Books
800-637-6586, ext 3539
217-370-9953 cell phone
khanson at btsb.com 

>>> "Sharyl Smith" <sharylsmith at att.net> 1/24/2010 11:38 AM >>>

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."   Sharyl Dr. Sharyl G. SmithUniversity of
Washington Information School Faculty, retiredFormer Utah State
Specialist for Library Media, USOE 

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