Mrs. Carmenates, school librarian and guest blogger, and I recently had a discussion about Linda Braun's article Next Year's Model in the School Library Journal.
Next Year's Model tells the story of Sarah Ludwig, a former school librarian, who later became a technology coordinator at a school in Connecticut. Realizing that librarians are experts in information literacy, she was in a unique position to help students and teachers.
The article concludes:
"Once you remove yourself from the physical constraints of the library, you have more freedom, because you aren't limited by the title and the expectations of the job. If you get out of your library and take your knowledge everywhere, then you become a resource--no longer the keeper of a physical space or objects. You can focus on the most important skills that students need. You can take a fresh look at your curriculum and decide what's really important for your students to experience."
Braun asks, "Is this the future of the profession?" Is Sarah the model of the librarian of the future?