Are school librarians an endangered species?  The take home message from the five leaders asked to present in the podcast series 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community, is “not if they remain relevant”. Teacher librarians are experts in information literacy and they are needed more than ever to equip students with the skills to navigate in and learn from all forms of media which increasingly means digital media.  In Moorefield-Lang’s  (2012) words they are “information literacy leaders”.  Most of the speakers also mentioned the need for teacher librarians to actively redefine their roles ensuring that they are not perceived to be irrelevant.

 

References

The American Association of School Librarians (Producer). (2012 January/February).  30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community.  Are school librarians and endangered species? [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/aboutkq/30second_JanFeb12

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