This is a new experience for me - to have my own blog!
Hopefully it can reflect the purpose of books: words with meaning and a message.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Role of a Librarian

I wonder what some schools think the role of a Librarian should be? Some schools I have been in contact with believe that the role of the traditional librarian is obsolete.  That in the not too distant future schools will not have a librarian as they expect the classroom teacher will fulfill this role.  The IT specialist will take over the library and take on this role as well.  What a worry (a personal worry when it means I could find it very difficult to find a position).  A teacher Librarian and IT specialist are different even though their jobs can overlap to some extent.  But, is an IT specialist going to teach how to find information effectively and efficiently and, more importantly, use that information ethically?  A teacher librarian in the digital age is still very much needed to fulfill a broad spectrum of roles.
As for personal reading, I recently finished The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do and enjoyed his personal perspective of growing up in Australia.

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