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Our title? School Librarian?

Our title? School Librarian?

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"The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors voted at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, to officially adopt for the profession the title school librarian." What do you think? In the state of Ohio, many of us are known as "Media Specialists," a title that is ambiguous to many people, including fellow educators. I like school librarian. How about you?

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Margaret Gonzalez's picture

In the State of California, the term Media Specialist is not used--instead we are Library Media Teachers. A better term...

Carol Papuga's picture

I like Teacher librarian too. But my second choice would be Media Specialist. The term school librarian sounds old fashion and does not incorporate all that we do. Most people just associate librarians with books and at our school, like most schools, we have so many other types of media that we deal with, as well as our job teaching classes and the administration of our media center. I am surprised the ALA would adopt a term that does not accurately define the job of the 21st century professional at our schools!

Carol Papuga's picture

I like the title Media Specialist. It more accurately defines all that we do. I do not like the term school librarian. It is an old fashioned term that does not incorporate our many responsibilities. Most people think of a librarian just in relation to books and we all know there are so many more types of media that we use. In preparing our students as 21st century learners, it is important for us to be knowledgeable about technology. I do feel it would be good to have "teacher" as part of our title, since many people do not realize that we are certified and teaching is also part of our many responsibilities!

Linda Locker's picture
Linda Locker
Media specialist for a Grade 5-6 Ohio Middle School

This is an interesting thread and I thought I'd do a tally. Please respond, if you haven't already. I'm especially interested in our library friends in other countries!!
3 - School Librarian
4 - Media Specialist
4 - Teacher Librarian
1 - Library Media Teacher

Jessica's picture
School Library Media Specialist for a K-4 Public School

I've noticed that a lot of the students say 'library-teacher'. I work in an elementary school. I like how that sounds, I typically say school library media specialist when I hand out letters but school librarian works well for those who are used to that title.
New York

Jessica's picture
School Library Media Specialist for a K-4 Public School

A lot of the students say library teacher, I work in a elementary school. (I like how that sounds.) I typically sign school library media specialist on letters and such.

Deven Black's picture
Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

In New York there are different library certifications for school librarians. The most recent and increasingly popular one (the one I'm pursuing) is School Media Specialist.

Lidie Olesen's picture
Lidie Olesen
Founder of Boris Temkov Institute

Educational assistant..covers library maintenance, new media tutoring, digital lessons design.

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