I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL16)
hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life".
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If you had told me a few years ago that I wanted to be a librarian, I would have told you you were crazy. I had no idea! I didn't know how passionate I was about books. I didn't know how much I truly believed in all things literacy. I didn't know libraries would become the hub of technology and the maker movement. I didn't know how exciting the idea of being part of that world would sound to me. I didn't know.
Ironically, I frequented my public library as a kid. I loved the summer reading program each year. I enjoyed weekly visits to the school library in elementary school. In middle school & early high school, the library was my safe haven, my happy place. I went there during lunch. I worked there in my spare time.
Maybe I lost touch with the idea in college. For those 4 years, I hated the library. I couldn't study there; couldn't focus. It wasn't a comfortable spot for me. I certainly didn't feel "at home"- quite the opposite. Maybe that's when I forgot how important libraries had been to me in my younger years.
In the school district I work in, teacher-librarians have never been a key position. When I started teaching in the district, we had them...but they were only on site every so often. They were more like a visitor on campus. Then, as budget cuts came, their positions were cut. I didn't really see much issue in it, as they weren't playing a vital role in the schools I was in.
That is sad to me now!
As I've rediscovered the reader & writer within me, as I've built up by PLN on twitter & connected with so many teacher librarians, as I've thought about what a robust position & library COULD look like...I've realized THAT would be my happy place. That is what I wish I could do. But we didn't have the positions.
They are actually re-instituting Teacher-Librarians in our district next year. But I'm not sure what it will look like. There are 4 positions posted...we have 17 elementary schools! Doing the math, that doesn't seem like much time at a site...time to build a program, build relationships, build the library as the hub of learning in the school. I'm also not qualified!
So, I'll begin looking at credential programs. And I'll keep dreaming of what I believe a position should look like. We'll see what lies ahead...only time will tell! For now, I'll be Library Dreaming!