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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do - Rebecca Tischler

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do - Rebecca Tischler | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Rebecca Tischler, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee 

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here are five things that you may have been unaware that librarians do (just a few of their caps), or that libraries offer.

1. Librarians are teachers. 

2. Librarians are tech savvy.

3. Librarians are advertisers.

4. Librarians are event planners.

5. Librarians are researchers.

 

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With just those 5 things, librarians have to learn graphic design, communications, how to interview, public relations, writing, computer literacy and information literacy.

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5 of the MANY caps that librarians wear

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Defining the PD roles of the librarian and tech specialist - Doug Johnson

Defining the PD roles of the librarian and tech specialist - Doug Johnson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"For school districts that have both school librarians and technology integration specialists, the mutual roles and responsibilities of these positions can be blurred, especially when it comes to teaching and supporting teacher use. Librarians are increasingly using technology to teach IL skills, provide digital resources, and collaborate with classroom teachers on technology-enabled instructional methods. Technology integration specialists are increasingly understanding that just teaching teachers how to use technology and "apps" does not really restructure what happens in school. As these respective roles merge, conflicts may arise.

I am happy to report that in our district, our librarians and tech integrationists truly work as a team. This is one reason* why.

Our strategic road map uses the terms "learning work," "implementation work," and "standard work" to describe the status of initiatives in our district. Learning work deals with pilot projects that will be evaluated for effectiveness. Implementation work is about deploying tested initiatives district-wide. And standard work is what the name suggests - initiatives that have become standard practice and are expected of all teachers in all buildings."

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School librarians and tech specialists roles merging!

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Teacher Librarians at the Heart of Student Learning

School library and information technology programs are a vital resource for student learning. This video to highlight the essential role teacher librarians play in information and technology literacy instruction, reading advocacy, and information management. More information available on: http://WLMA.org

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The value of teacher librarians!

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What a new teacher librarian can make!

What a new teacher librarian can make! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"One of the ongoing joys of working in Higher Education is the opportunity to work with those entering the profession that you have been passionate about for many years. So I get really excited when I hear the stories from recent graduates, who start making a difference – almost straight away"

 

"What Bec demonstrated with this work is that any school library and teacher librarian CAN have a great physical and virtual learning environment – on a budget – with professional enthusiasm and love for the work."


Via Trudy Raymakers
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Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right

Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right - The Huffington Post (Featured librarian frm IN presentg at #msla14 in March "@HuffPostEdu: These school library systems have right idea http://t.co/iOaL8xwW1T")...

 

"What all three of these library systems are doing right is avoiding isolation. By collaborating with other teachers and staff, these libraries are using their own resources most effectively and giving students the skills to succeed in research, technology and literacy well beyond their K-12 years. Instead of making information a commodity, these and other successful school libraries are viewing that information as a common right amongst students and educators - to the benefit of every individual at the school."

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How to stay relevant! Great article!

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"There are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android. Teacher-librarians are always on the lookout for great apps and programs for their students and colleagues. This list will be added to the MEGALIST FOR TEACHER-LIBRARIANS. Just click the tab at the top of the page."

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Great apps for all librarians!

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Arming the teacher librarian - SlideShare presented at LILAC 2013

This paper was presented at LILAC 2013

 

Using experiential learning & reflective practice to guide pedagogy!

 

By Alan Carbery

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Good points for any librarian, who invariably find themselves in a teaching role!

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10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians

10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Much has been written about the role of Teacher Librarians in our schools.   Sadly though, much of it is lamentations about the decreasing numbers of Teacher Librarians manning our school libraries."

 

"An expectation that teachers engage in professional learning programs is now well cemented into our schools. Time and space must be set aside within the busy school week for teachers to learn, play, experiment and most of all think how newly acquired skills can be embedded into their day-to-day teaching. The experience, know-how and skill among the many talented Teacher Librarians in our schools can easily be harnessed by school administrations to help develop new approaches to professional learning programs.

 

These programs could incorporate any or all of the following features:

Focused group learning

Cluster learning

Hands on learning

Open ended learning

Non demanding learning

Meaningful learning

Lifelong learning

Reflective learning

Self-paced learning

Online learning

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