[library-media] AASL - New Title

Voni Roat Voni.Roat at ccsdut.org
Mon Jan 25 12:35:25 MST 2010

We haven't been "Media Specialists" for a "dozen?" years!  We had our name changed for us a time or two since then. Someone changed us to "Library Media Teachers a while back. I've really enjoyed that one the most because it incorporates library-- with media responsibilities --and most importantly-- lets people know we are also teachers!  I was tired of new teachers saying something like, "Why don't you get your teaching certificate so you can get paid more?! You do more than anyone around here." 
Are they trying to prepare the way for our jobs to be taken over by a "mom" for minimum wage?
I'm with Sharyl.

Please note: New e-mail address. karen.mcbride at ccsdut.org
Voni (Rivas) Roat
Media Teacher
South Cache 8-9 Center
10 South 480 West
Hyrum, UT 84319
435-245-6433  ext 229
voni.roat at ccsdut.org
The books are here, for all to share.

>>> "PAMELA FOSTER" <pamela.foster at jordan.k12.ut.us> 1/25/2010 11:26 AM >>>
I also have never liked the media specialist title. But I have really liked the teacher-librarian one. I think that title communicates to other teachers and stakeholders in the school community what our role is in the school in a much clearer way than school librarian does.

my two cents worth,

Pamela K. Foster
Oquirrh Hills MS, Riverton
Jordan School District, Utah

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I am sorry but I have to weigh in on this issue.  As you all know, I travel not only Utah but Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.  When I worked for the other company, I was instructed to refer to everyone as media specialist.  When calling for an appointment early on in my career and either a student or someone new answered the phone, I would ask for the media specialist and there would be silence on the line and I would then ask for the school librarian.  They knew exactly what I was talking about then.  I have been using the term school librarian ever since.  This is your profession whether certified or paraprofessional.  This also bridges the gap of understanding for a  young patron who attends not only the school library but the public library as well.
Kim Hanson
Mountain Division Sales Manager
Bound To Stay Bound Books
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>>> "Fawn Morgan" <fmorgan at dsdmail.net> 1/23/2010 9:26 AM >>>
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" <lanell.rabner at nebo.edu> 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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1205 East 900 South 
Springville, Utah 84663 USA 
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