[Library Media] Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

Diane Johnson diane.johnson at ssanpete.org
Tue Sep 2 11:45:45 MDT 2014

I came to library science late in life… my experience is in business.  I see we, as teacher librarians, are working from a public service point of view and not a business point of view.

Instead of justifying our positions in the traditional sense (libraries have been important, are important, and will be important forever), we should be marketing and branding ourselves in HOW we are important.  What do we do in teaching informational literacy, critical thinking skills, digital citizenship, etc. Times are changing.  We can either be like 90% of the newspapers out there and insist that we will have value because we have always had value… or we can change with the times and find new ways of doing things.  I don’t know what all the new things are, but my above list is some of what I do every day.  We have to market what we do to our administrators, our parents, and the legislators.

One thing that we should be doing… and that our politicians won’t like… is to empower our students to be intelligent voters.  How to cut through the hyperbole and political rhetoric to vote for the person doing the best job, not the one that looks and sounds good. To think for themselves and not what others tell them to think.

Diane Johnson
Gunnison Valley High School

On Sep 2, 2014, at 11:06 AM, georgeweight at integrity.com wrote:

> We worked on this back in Governor Bangerter's day; and did manage to get
> the Library Core adopted and some funding maintained. But the attitude
> then--and even still, among many legislators and large numbers of the
> public--is that libraries and librarians are an expendable frill. We have
> to keep constant vigilance with legislators and the voting public to help
> them see the necessity of the funding necessary for good school library
> programs--especially with the impact of technological applications and the
> need to integrate ever-changing developments into information handling and
> retrieval skills. All library media personnel should keep contacting
> legislators regularly, and plan programs during and after school that
> invite parents and the public into their centers to demonstrate what's
> happening for student benefit.
> George Weight
> Former President of UELMA
>> You are right Barbara. After all, we have a State mandated Library Core
>> here in Utah for all Elementary Schools, and look how many districts in
>> the State have certified teachers and librarians in their elementary
>> schools.
>> Joseph R. Nielsen
>> Library Technology Teacher
>> Hawthorne Elementary School
>> Salt Lake City School District
>> From: library-media [mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf
>> Of Hopkins, Barbara
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:35 AM
>> To: Juan Lee; Teacher Librarians
>> Subject: Re: [Library Media] Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public
>> Schools Can't Afford
>> It seems like part of the answer to this dilemma would be to make time
>> spent learning information literacy skills state mandated.
>> Barbara Hopkins
>> District Library Media Specialist
>> Evidence Based Learning
>> Canyons School District
>> 801-826-5095
>> The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
>> - Herbert Spencer
>> ________________________________
>> From: library-media [library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] on behalf of
>> Juan Lee [jtlee at utah.gov]
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:24 AM
>> To: Teacher Librarians
>> Subject: [Library Media] Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools
>> Can't Afford
>> From NPR Monday's Morning Edition...
>> Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford
>> http://n.pr/1tqJv0y<http://cp.mcafee.com/d/1jWVIidEInd7bzwUQsTsdTdETvud79EVhho76QrLL6zAQsEECzBcSztZUQsCzB55xUSztYQsTuu7nd79IxIi6NTytlyIEk1lJwmH2y4GjzaQ-00CXr0Jm549kD6lFY01dEcIEfTovW_ccc9TLRXBQjhOYVPzar0VPBHFShhlKeoVkffGhBrwqrhdECXYyUqenAkmkXL6XCM0semzycNo23dONI-h2eNb5RvgBFsxlK5LE2zVkDjC_xM04Sed7b5PpFr2Iy4tymd40TW4JdbFEw2Iy4tzbokd40x7Ph086y0aJxXsiNEw4ysHqhGq80ISgfBoQg35ytqDQd40BI3hfcQg23HJoE6NPVJy6rQLHZrFRF>
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