The Atlas of New Librarianship by David Lankes
In General Discussions
Aug 17, 2018
Hi Elizabeth, it's @ljwattsWales I agree we should be at least trying to 'do it all', although I realise that paid-for hours and school librarians being classed as 'part-time' conspires against us. I really do not want teachers to think that we are solely a subdivision of the English department and devoted only to reading fiction for enjoyment. I think there are obstacles, however. Teachers are frequently unaware of what librarians can do. From what I can understand, working with your school librarian is not mentioned in teacher training and I have no idea how well, if at all, school librarianship is covered on librarianship courses. I did a module in university, but that was decades ago and all I remember is a lot of stuff about buildings and puppet shows (?!!) I don't remember anything about how schools work or pedagogy. I'm guessing that, at present, it is a case of individual librarians working hard to show schools what they are capable of. But, if schools think it's a job 'anyone can do' with no experience, low pay and few hours, then it's a Catch-22 situation. My school has little inquiry-based learning in lower years, so my contribution is aimed at sixth formers, especially those doing the EPQ or extended essays and personal investigations and is totally at teacher's discretion.