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.
We’ve nearly all of us been tantalized by that wonderful What librarians make. Or Why Should I be More than a Librarian? from Joyce Valenza on Vimeo, inspired by Taylor Mali and his poem What Teachers Make. When aspiring teacher librarians encounter her vision, they are overwhelmed on the one hand, but exceedingly excited on the other.
So I get really excited when I hear the stories from recent graduates, who start making a difference – almost straight away. One of these new graduates – now a friend and ‘sometime’ coffee shop partner nearly burst out of her seams when she landed her first job. That enthusiasm has been going non-stop, the result of which has been library transformations on a shoestring, with flair!! Welcome signs have been crafted. Poles have been decorated. Girls have been crowding back into the library – and now they are going to have information literacy in the curriculum too! Not bad for less than 6 months.
Our brand new TL didn’t stop there. Before I knew it she was busy creating a web site for her library. I shared this link to Auburn Girls High School Library on Twitter. 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.
I couldn’t resist profiling this work of a recent graduate – it shows what a difference a new teacher librarian can make! Twitter friends also liked the work – and provided some great feedback. Two examples here tell the story – success is about interface and about content! Of course, many libraries have big and wonderful sites – but if you don’t have one yet, Bec has shown how a bit of work and produce wonderful results.
I rather like Weebly too, and often recommend it as a tool for site creation for those new to crafting an online presence.
Thanks Bec for bringing enthusiasm and professional dedication to the profession.
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- 100 Best Blogs for School Librarians (onlinecollege.org)