Those early first-impression back-to-school days when faculty, parents, and students walk into the library are critical. What they see of the library is what they will think about the librarian. What do you want them to see, to think, to remember? A quiet, static place with lots of well-organized books on orderly shelves and a librarian who handles a circulation desk or a robust, vibrant, compelling, interactive classroom filled with instructional treasures and facilitated by an accomplished, proficient, collaborative teacher librarian?
If we want to be taken seriously and convincingly as instructional partners and co-teachers, if we want to erase any lingering stereotypes, we must send a clear message: we are teacher focused and student centric. We are not just about the books.
As we start a fresh new school year, consider putting aside your "to do" list and ask yourself this. What do your teachers need from you right now? That's the place where we start.
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