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Hi Everyone,
This argument is an old one and it is all about visibility. A piece of paper will 
not make a good teacher, TL, Librarian or information specialist. Some are also 
born to be teachers who may never get a degree, while the rest of us work very hard 
to be the best we can be.

For staff in the library it is all about visibility - it is about making the 
library the hub of the school - academically, socially and for professional 
development. I am going to look clodsely at this at IASL if the workshop is 
accepted and will look to add this too the IASL School Libraries in Action site as 
a free resource set. We might also look at building a wiki so people can build/add 
to a site dedicated to this topic.

Your first New year's resolution however is this - create a library resource 
template. Every single piece of paperwork, resource, worsheet, webpage, classlist 
of overdues or suggested books for recreational reading - everything - goes on this 
template. The template contains several things:
** At the top - the library/school logo, library motto/saying (the Walter Cronkite 
quote below is a good one but you can   change it each semester just to keep people 
alert)

** At the bottom - just ask @ your library - <your email addresss>

Set up the template so you just have to drop content into it - keeps formatting 
stable.
Subtle advertising. You also use the template when adding anything to a newsletter 
to send home. If the school has a newsletter, make sure you have something for each 
edition with your motto/logo and email on it. You can prepare these a term in 
advance so instead of crisis management, you are ahead of the game.
:)
BC


Vice President, Advocacy & Promotion, IASL: www.iasl-online.org
The GiggleIT Project: www.iasl-online.org/sla/giggleIT/index.htm
LIS@ECU: www.chs.ecu.edu.au/portals/LIS/index.php
Australian School Library Research Project: www.chs.ecu.edu.au/portals/ASLRP/
Barbara Combes, Lecturer
School of Computer and Security Science Edith Cowan University, Perth Western 
Australia
Ph: (08) 9370 6072
Email: b.combes@ecu.edu.au

"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an 
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From: School Library Media & Network Communications 
[mailto:LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU] On Behalf Of Wendy Stoll
Sent: Sunday, 27 December 2009 5:03 AM
To: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Target: can a moderator close 'a slap in the face'?

I haven't commented on this thread, because I haven't had the experience of 
teachers and parents not respecting me or my position. I'm not sure why that is; 
I'm certainly no more special than the next librarian.  I wonder if it's a question 
of visibility? I don't really like being called a teacher librarian; I consider 
myself a librarian, though it really shouldn't matter WHAT we call ourselves.  The 
parents do tend to know me, though, and that may have to do with me just 
being...um...loud? Visible? lol.

I myself don't have a ton of respect for the "degree."  I think, for me, it was 
just something I had to do for this career path. I am way more proud of my 
undergrad in philosophy.  Our computer teacher is an AMAZING teacher, and everyone 
knows it, and she doesn't even have her undergrad. I'm perfectly happy for people 
to ask if I needed a degree; it gives me a chance to tell them, and also to explain 
what I do.  The piece of paper doesn't do that.  I've also met all kinds of 
teachers with the same number of degrees that I have, and, for the life of me, 
can't imagine how they managed to get them.

Don't hate me, please. Just sayin'. :-D

 Wendy Stoll, Librarian
Smyrna Elementary School
Louisville, KY
wenreads@yahoo.com




________________________________
From: Blythe Allison Bennett <babennet@SYR.EDU>
To: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
Sent: Sat, December 26, 2009 12:35:59 PM
Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Target: can a moderator close 'a slap in the face'?

I was going to suggest we close this thread, and then we had a few really positive 
turns, such as from Deb Logan, Ray Barber, Stacey Wicksall, and Deborah Stafford 
with some of the comments below.  Let's keep the idea of turning a potential 
negative to something that affirms the good work you all do.

*****snip*****
we all need to carry the message of the important role you all play, but be of good 
cheer, rejoice in what you do.

I love the idea of the Ken Burns style video and feel it has excellent 
potential....If we want to be regarded as educators/ teachers, then we need to 
sound,
look, talk and act like educators.  Instead of a video showing things that people 
already have stereotyped images of us doing (opening boxes
of books, shelving books, cataloging books, repairing books, etc.), focus the video 
on meeting w/teachers, teaching, grading, doing lesson
plans, reading our National Standards, working on Web pages, assisting students at 
the computer, and these types of activities.
This is a great opportunity to educate; let's send a message that helps people 
shift rather than reinforce their paradigms.


stop and think who else in the school also get no cards or small gifts. True many 
are not certified educators but do deserve to be remembered. People such as the 
Nurse, Secretaries, Janitor, Cafeteria workers.


I will be making a note of others in our building that receive few, if any kudos, 
throughout 2010.  I plan on keeping this wonderful spirit alive by sending out a 
few wee Santa cards of my own.


Blythe Allison Bennett
Assistant Director, School Media Program
Director, Summer Institute
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
babennet@syr.edu
315-443-5445

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