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Libraries and Librarianship

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Aleah Lindsey

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1. What types of libraries do your students have access to within your city (Types of Libraries, 2007)?

Students in my district have access to both public and school libraries. The McCracken County Public Library is very popular with our families, and offer several reading programs to help promote literacy.

3. Explain how your library creates an environment that promotes collaboration among students (Dossin, 2018).

My library is designed in a way that promotes group learning and interaction. The tables allow for multiple students to sit face-to-face and work on group projects in a calm, quiet environment. Students also have access to computers that they can use for research or to create presentations.

4. How do you ensure that all students have equitable access to digital tools in the library (Dossin, 2018)?


Students’ time in the library is divided to where half of their time is spent checking out and reading books, and the other half is spent using technology. Students can practice typing skills, do research, or other technology-based activities.

5. Does the district or school you work in include librarian input when developing a strategic plan for digital learning (Dossin, 2018)?

Yes, librarian input is valued and considered within our district. Librarians from high school, middle school, and elementary school meet with several instructional leaders at the district level to modify and adapt the digital learning plan yearly.

7. Explain how you collaborate with teachers in your building to plan curriculum (Dossin, 2018).
I attend PLCs with teachers and administrators. Using their input and knowledge of the common core, I am able to revise curriculum throughout the school year. This allows me to better meet the needs of students and staff.

2. Describe how the role of the librarian has changed since you were in school (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

When I was in school, computer databases were not common, and librarians relied on the card catalog system. When a student needed to check a book out, the librarian would have to pull out the date card in the back and stamp it with the due date. The days of simply shelving and circulating books are in the past. Today, the role of librarian is heavily based on technology and allowing students opportunities to use technology as well. We act as facilitators to help supply students with information through books and technology.

6. What factors do you consider before you purchase resources (digital and print) to facilitate student learning (Dossin, 2018)?

Before purchasing any resource, I consider whether it will be reach the majority of the student body and staff. I also make sure that the resource is content-related and will help instruction and learning. In addition, I have to consider the longevity of the source. I frequently ask myself, “Will it still be relevant or interesting several years down the road?” When purchasing books, I make an effort to purchase books that are durable and will last for years to come.

Libraries and Librarianship
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8. How do you build partnerships within the community?

Our library brings in community members to participate in buddy reading several days a week. In addition, we have several volunteers who donate their time to help keep the library running by shelving books, checking books in and out from students, and other tasks. Parent volunteers also help decorate the library to make it an inviting space, and even set up and take down the book fair.

9.What aspect of library conferences do you find most meaningful?
The most meaningful aspect of attending library conferences is learning new ideas about instruction and keeping up with the latest innovations. Attending conferences is also a great way to network and meet other library professionals.

10. Describe how you relay the tools and information learned from attending library conferences back to your school (Conferences and Events, 2018).

I share new ideas with staff during PLC meetings and occasional group presentations during fixed PD days. I love being able to share what I’ve learned and experienced with my fellow educators and getting feedback from them as well.

References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Librarians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm (visited January 28, 2018).

“Conferences and Events”, American Library Association. Retrieved January 28, 2018, from http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/node/44/

Dossin, L. (n.d.). Future Ready Librarians. Retrieved January 28, 2018, from https://futureready.org/program-overview/librarians/

"Types of Libraries", American Library Association, March 29, 2007. http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/librarycareerssite/typesoflibraries (Accessed January 28, 2018).

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