[library-media] Library Title Debate
lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
Mon Jan 25 14:05:05 MST 2010
Hello to you all!
This has been an excellent discussion about who we are or
should be and what we should or should not be called.
Sharyl was right-on however, when she wrote: "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". That said, Colleen
Eggett's message is a perfect example of "library
teaching". Having been a librarian for 30+ years and
having worked in Public, Academic, and School libraries, I
believe today's public knows that librarians teach. People
go to the library to take computer classes of all kinds.
And here we have the State Library offering us training on
Public Library databases so we in turn can train our
I'm okay with being just a Librarian, as that is what I
went to graduate school to become. I love librarianship
and believe it continues to evolve into the best, most
satisfying profession on the planet. And frankly, our
title does not define what we do. We do. We can be called
Teacher-Librarians, but if we chose not to teach, then we
are not teachers.
Too often librarians are their own worse enemy. Either we
dont deliver, or when we do, we dont tell our success
stories. Trite as it may sound, now really is the time to
speak up. We have teaching colleagues, administrators,
legislators, parents, and communities who have no clue
what we do. We have to get bold and tell people what we
do. And it is not just sitting in our offices reading book
reviews or checking out books.
Were all over-worked, under-staffed, and poorly funded.
In the past 5 days Ive taught 14 information literacy
mini-lessons, book-talked with 2 resource classes, and
checked out classroom novels to 4 classes. And Ive got 2
weeks worth of magazines, plus an entire book cart full of
un-catalogued new books sitting in my office. But thats
what we do. We teach first. So we better start letting the
powers that be know that is what we do.
This is great profession. So do not get discouraged. We
just need to start banding together, demonstrating the
value, we, as librarians, bring to both our collections
and our student bodies. Speak out!
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