The School Librarian: Being a Good Professional
What Is a Good Professional?
In my field, school librarianship, a good professional is one who can communicate well with others, knows the library collection and works to maintain a collection that benefits its learning community, and most importantly, someone who inspires students to become life-long readers and to love reading.
The School Library
- How to Improve your School’s Library Media Center
A library media center should be a place full of energy and excitement. It should offer a large amount of current and relevant resources, expert guidance, and a welcoming and comfortable environment.
- How to Promote Teacher Collaboration
Collaboration is a key component to successful teaching in today's classroom or library. With so many different styles of learning and goals to be met, educators rely on each other to be effective.
- Library Collection Development
What is library collection development? Here are the six elements involved in the collection development process and a brief overview of what it is.
In order for school librarians to be effective in their learning community, they need to be able to communicate with administration, staff, parents and students regularly. Keeping administrators in the loop regarding the needs of the library collection and providing data to back up material requests is an ongoing process. Providing circulation data and correlating student performance with library needs including the professional collection is essential. Planning collaborative lessons with teachers, demonstrating the value of the librarian should be a continuous effort. Building rapport with staff members through multiple experiences proves effective. Involving parents and students in library functions and volunteer work in the library is an excellent way to build support for the library and gain invaluable stakeholders.
Bookmarks to Color
- Bookmarks to Color - Home
Great fun way to inspire reading!
Being an Advocate
As a good professional, school librarians need to find support within their school learning community. This could be a group of parents who volunteer their time in the library, who in turn, see first-hand the impact the library has on the students in the school. Through professional training for teachers, librarians can reach out to teachers by showing them how to use the technology available to them. Librarians can take these opportunities to invite teachers to engage in collaborative experiences that will promote higher student performance. School librarians need to communicate with administrators on a regular basis, not only to keep them informed about the needs of the library but to prove the impact the library has on student learning. Librarians need to collect evidence showing the positive impact the library has on its learning community.
The library needs to be the center of the school, the place everyone wants to be, and most importantly, a place where reading gets done. The atmosphere of the school library should be exciting, inviting, interesting, and comfortable. There should be plenty of space for multiple activities. From computer stations to large carpets and beanbag chairs, there should be a place for everyone to read comfortably. Librarians should be equipped with all kinds of motivational materials to excite students about reading. Hands-on materials in centers is always a fun way to make this happen. Book fairs, Accelerated Reading programs, and B.O.B. are all events that will promote reading and inspire students.
The Library Resource
- The Library Resource
A wealth of resources for the school librarian.
A Continuous Process
Being a school librarian comes with many responsibilities. A school librarian will be working towards these goals on a continuous basis, and this is what will make them a good professional in their field.