Monday, April 4, 2011

Tearing Down the Walls

Belatedly doing some reading Dianne Oberg's editorial in School Libraries Worldwide 'Taking the Library Out of the Library into the school (13(2) 2007 i-ii - put forward some interesting ideas. Having struggled with what can be a isolating role - being new at a school, being tied to the library when staff on breaks as students are using the library - I would love to tear down the walls and have a roving role throughout the school. ALl the readings suggest that the teacher librarian has enormous potential and power to positively affect student learning outcomes and teaching - the role is vital, multidimensional, complex, central and so on. So I aspire to take on Oberg's challenge to expand the impact and function of the library beyound its walls. Three suggestions
1) coordination of all teaching resources not just library resources 2) technology provisioning to beceom 24/7 not just within the library 3) proactively address and help with strategies for school issues
Now I just have to find the time and the energy. But where there is a will, there is a way.

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