What Does it Mean to be a 21st Century Librarian?

Posted on March 17, 2011


Mr. Mitzmacher asked me that question a few months ago, and I’ve been pondering and researching ever since. Yesterday I compiled the chart below:

What Does It Mean to Be a 21st Century Librarian? .

I. Professional development

a. Lead professional development for faculty, staff and administration

i. “Just in time” or “putting out fires”; emergency assistance; last minute requests

ii. Small group

iii. Monthly workshops

iv. Create digital How-To guides and step by step tutorials

b.Present and share at local, national and international conferences

II. Life Long Learner

a. Practice what you preach: You want your teachers and students to be learners, you have to be the model.

b. Continue to take classes, attend workshops, conferences, meet with colleagues, and skype with experts in the field. Avid reader of educational blogs, wikis, listserves, twitter, podcasts, professional journals Stay abreast of technology AND education trends and how they relate to student learning

III. Plan and Co-Teach

a. Plan regularly with classroom and resource teachers.

b. Be informed and able to reference curriculum across grade level

c. Support teachers by co-teaching with them, then let them fly

IV. Teach

a. Teach all classes information literacy skills and promote value of reading.

b. Provide readers’ advisory service both online and in person.

c. Teach all classes TV Production and produce the daily WJEW newscast

V. Personal Learning Network

a. Create, actively grow and nurture your own PLN- local as well as global

b. Be a part of a personal learning network for others- (you get out of it what you put in it.)

c. Contribute regularly to the ning for teachers.

d. Post relevant links by subject to Diigo and share with colleagues via online hub.

VI. Model 21st Century Skills

a. Communicate and Connect with other educators (local and global) in order to Collaborate.

b.Write, reflect, and grow on your own professional and school blog

c.Share resources on your blog and/or wiki and the school ning.

d.Create new opportunities for yourself, your colleagues and students

e. Be flexible with curriculum or calendar related changes as well as guaranteed equipment failures.

VII. Be part of school’s Technology team

a. Participate in hardware and software purchase decisions

b.Participate in and make budget decisions for library purchases

c.Attend Technology Committee meetings

d.Present to school board

e. Work closely with network administrator and other team members

VIII. Library Administration

a. Acquisitions

i. Evaluate materials for purchase via reviews, bookstore browsing, and attending conferences.

ii. Order materials.

iii. Process materials

iv. Catalog materials

b. Technical Support

i. Update library computer software as needed.

ii. Run patron and administrative library software reports on a weekly basis.

c. Circulation

i. Perform all circulation desk operations – check in, check out, and reshelving.

ii.Maintain shelves in correct order.

iii. Repair damaged books.

iv. Delete missing or lost books.

v. Maintain physical appearance of library, including bulletin boards.

d. Clerical

i. File paperwork.

ii. Schedule all classes and meetings.

iii. Make copies for classes, as needed.

iv. Purchase additional craft, office and miscellaneous supples as needed.

e. Reference

i. Provide reference service in person and online to students, faculty and parents.

After I printed it, I realized I’d left off two other very important parts of my job: public relations/promotion and finance, including the Book Fair. Not that I could possibly do everything on the list anyway. I am a full-time staff of one, which means I can’t complain about “the night librarian” when my desk is a mess or books aren’t reshelved. Unfortunately it isn’t possible for one person to acheive everything I’ve listed; it just isn’t physically possible. But it does give me something to strive towards.

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