School librarians are uniquely positioned to collaborate with teachers to infuse technology to support learning, assessment and curriculum within a collaborative learning environment. Teacher-librarians are connected to current research and can assist with best-practice in effective technology implementation.
Glenda Morris's insight:
The LibGuide provides good links for the role of teacher librarians in schools.
Back in 2007, two high school science teachers in Woodland Park, CO, decided to try a “crazy idea.” “We said, ‘What if we stopped lecturing and committed all our lectures to videos?’” says Jon Bergmann, now the lead technology facilitator at the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, IL. He and fellow educator Aaron Sams posted their short films—15 to 20 minutes long—for students to watch at home. (Parents could also look and say, “Oh, I see how the teacher wants it done!” says Bergmann.)
The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) is calling upon Australian educational decision makers to employ teacher librarians as part of the solution to improve national student learning and literacy.
Today, in addition to introducing children to books and curating collections in school libraries, teacher-librarians are doing the same with websites and online information.
They often research and vet appropriate websites ahead of time to provide to teachers when they're covering a particular subject, just as they do with books.
But they also teach students to do better Internet searches, refine their search terms, and become more independent.
Part of the challenge is a trend teachers and librarians call "satisficing," a combination of satisfying and sufficient or suffice, said Finlay. In other words, students' approach is often "get what I need for an assignment and hand it in."
Teacher-librarians aim to get students to look deeper into their subjects.