Who’re you gonna call? The “school librarian” January 17, 2010Posted by Floyd Pentlin in Check this out!.
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After a discussion that involved all members of the board, AASL has redefined the term that describes the certified person who runs a school library (or library media center — that term wasn’t addressed) as a “school librarian”.Â Gone is the term “school library media specialist” which has been our official designation going back to the first Information Power (? – not sure about that).
While the discussion was friendly there were partisans for a number of designations but “school library media specialist,” “school librarian,” and “teacher librarian” (with or without the hyphen) were the top three choices of the group. Surprisingly “teacher librarian” fell by the wayside fairly quickly which will probably elicit some interested reactions by those who feel strongly that this is the appropriate label for our current teaching emphasis.
While the label has been a discussion item for some time, the Affiliate Assembly brought the issue to the Board’s table because of the lack of clarity of the various names we call ourselves was thought to be muddying our message and even our advocacy efforts.
When all of the dust settled (and actually there wasn’t much dust that was kicked up) “school librarian” was the overwhelming choice of those in attendance.
The next step will be to reboot the label into the twenty-first century and to blast away the accretion of negative stereotypes that have clung to the label over the years.
Maybe we can get J. K. Rowling to give Madame Pince a makeover in a later edition to get things off to a rousing start.