Priorities of Teacher Librarians:
First priority for a successful T/L regardless of the year, is to get the kids in! Get the kids into the library, borrowing the resources, using the in-house resources, using the library spaces, using the T/L, feeling happy and comfortable in the library space. GET THEM IN!
Next priority – get the teachers in! Get the teachers in and get them doing everything the students are doing; borrowing the resources, using the in-house resources, using the library spaces, using the T/L, feeling happy and comfortable in the library space. GET THEM IN!
The third priority is to GET OUT OF THE LIBRARY! Yes the Teacher Librarian, once they have achieved the first 2 priorities of getting teachers and students IN to the library, must now GET OUT of the library. The T/L must get out and show themselves, show their worth, show their programs, show the principal, the parents, the wider school community what they are doing for students outcomes.
I don’t believe the above priorities are new. I believe they hold true today in the 21st century as much as they did 60 yrs ago when the profession was in its infancy. If these were the basic tenets of T/L’s and if they had been followed by ALL T/L’s over the passing years then I doubt there would be such a conversation going on today about the value of School Libraries and the Role of the Teacher Librarian.
Successful School libraries are vital for successful student learning outcomes. We need to ensure every school library is successful and that every Teacher Librarian is performing to their peak.