It has been an fabulous journey reading about the professional lives, learning, passions and areas of expertise of teacher librarians. It is becoming apparent that as a group they face the dual challenges of a rapidly changing educational paradigms and the swiftly shifting change to accessing information in their own libraries. What is expected of them is immense.
Reading, Hamilton, B. J. (2011). The school librarian as teacher: What kind of teacher are you?. Knowledge Quest, 39(5), 34-40. was especially and terrifyingly illuminating in her use of a myriad of technologies and resources. Buffy’s passion for bringing out the best in her students and her ceaseless drive to ferment the learning process, was nothing short of inspiring. She facilitated valuable learning experiences and generated deep understandings of the topics taught using the tools most favoured by her students – blogs, wikis, dashboards.
It was indeed the frequent and seamless integration of diverse, new and exciting technologies into the student’s learning spaces that was most impressive.
An understanding that I have gathered from meandering my way through the reading list, is that we have to be incredibly dynamic and student focused in our approach – providing exciting, relevant, supportive and technologically gratifying experiences for our ‘clients’ – because that’s who the students are, and the teachers, school leaders, members of the public…
We live to serve! Usefully, interestingly, dynamically – I could go on…!
So I’ll put the kettle on and keep going up the escarpment – feeling a little less daunted by reading. The weather is at least very atmospheric and conducive to studying – howling winds, driving rain! Either that or you just have to bunker in with a book to enjoy it (Wuthering Heigts perhaps).
I digress – enough of this wittering, back to more lives, observations, summisings and insights into the profession of the teacher librarian!