Friday, September 7, 2012

Teacher-Librarians: How Do You Fit In?

This week was the first week of school in my district. We had two days of meetings and professional development. On day two, everyone met with their department for their first meeting. I don't have a department; no library aide; no other adult to share concerns and ideas with. (I work in a junior-senior high school) What is your situation like? Please add your comment below.

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  1. I work in an elementary school (PreK-5th). I don't have an aide, either. However, my county does arrange a fall and spring meeting with all the media specialists in our county. We also are encouraged to attend RESA meetings for the media specialists in our area. That makes for about 4 meetings per year...not a lot, but better than nothing.

    The Book Bug

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    1. I like the idea of meeting other media specialists from around the county. I'm going to look into that!

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  2. Before we had coaches, I divided my time between departments, checking in to see what teachers were planning and how I could help out. Now I often plan with the school's literacy and numeracy coaches helping to add resources and technology to lessons and PD.

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    1. We have had loads of problems with technology working in our school, so teachers are not excited about tech integration. It's a shame.

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  3. My new district has a department for the librarians and computer resource teachers with people from our six schools. At my school, I'm also on the building tech department. For our professional learning communities that are starting I don't fit anywhere exactly so I will be bouncing back and forth between the grade level teams.

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    1. That is a great idea. The business department and I are planning lessons on Google Docs. We don't have tech teachers, (they are in elementary schools) so I take on that role from time to time.

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  4. I'm at a new school this year and I'm officially department head of the library! I manage a staff of one- me! Haha. In my previous school, I was department head of the library and supervised a staff of 3 library assistants. For professional learning activities, I've always been welcome (but never required) to attend teacher activities. Sometimes I attend them and sometimes I use the time to work on library projects. It depends.

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    1. Sounds about the same for me. I am fortunate that I am trusted to take care of everything in the library. So are you!

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  5. I am the only librarian in a K-6 building, but we have other elementary librarians in the district with whom I can meet. Also, I'm new, so one of the librarians has been selected to serve as my mentor. She receives a stipend from the district for mentoring me, so I don't feel like I'm merely adding work when I need her help. On the downside, it's a fully scheduled library with approximately 20 classes per week, and teachers also want to schedule students during my "free" time.

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  6. I work in a K-12 district, and this is the first time in about 10 years that I am actually functioning more as the librarian than as a teacher. I'm only teaching 1 class instead of 3. I've actually wondered if I'll remember what to do, since my "librarianship" has been somewhat limited. One way I've expanded my library contacts is through Plurk, where I am friends with other librarians. I also am on the leadership team, the tech committee, and am the union president, so I'm not isolated!

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