My role as Teacher Librarian is seen as a provider for the learning hub, a designer of a comfort place, a stimulus feeder to the senses and to ignite student passions.
I design a place for students where they are encouraged to explore and to be curious. As teacher librarian I bring the world to them through a variety of information technologies, nurturing a hub of learning and a symphony of enlightenment.
I am a space maker for solace and a place to escape into the imagination and creativity of the individual. My role is to enable digital citizenship and to create a place where questions are made and answered.
As Teacher Librarian I am a quick, intuitive and innovative collaborator in education. My role is supportive in release from face to face, of curriculum resources and delivery.
I am consistently in consultation and provision of high quality materials to engage and develop students learning and in selection and purchase of these. My role of sharer of new materials and to enable teachers to accessing latest information technologies and texts for the development of pedagogy. I am a part of a team of professional learners, “Teacher Librarians support the 21st century learning goals of the Australian Curriculum through well-developed knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy, (ASLA, 2013)
Parents see my role as providing the student with responsibility in the task of borrowing, caring for and returning books.
To parents I am a facilitator of a sharing experience between them and their children in reading and nurturing new interests. I expose their child’s developing learning and reading interests and engage them in a wide variety of literacy and digital resources in a safe, routine environment.
I am a part of the introduction and provision of information to steer and stimulate their child through literacy and information technologies and to immediate and future digital and global citizenship.
The “Admin Folk”
I am in a partner role with administration staff in resource management and in purchase and selection of materials to support the wider school community. I am a distributer of information services to the school “and promote the effective use of resources and information sources, systems and services both within and beyond the school.”(Australian School Libraries Associations “What is a Teacher Librarian?”).
My role is to manage and host events, an extra-curricular coordinator and I am a reciprocal link to the school community through Book Week, author visits, chess competitions , etc.
My role is to introduce to the child to how communities function and stimulate interest in culture, heritage and history of the local community. My role as librarian provides the first experience for children of library borrowing systems, gathering of interest groups, networking with peers, volunteer roles, the pursuit of individual interests and non-profit organisations. A smaller scale to interact in community functions. As quoted in the Australian School Libraries Associations’ paper (“Future learning and school libraries”), “all young Australians will become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens” (MCEETYA, 2008, p.8).
“Future learning and school libraries”, Australian School Library Association (2013)
Perception (Merriam Webster Online Dictionary)
“What is a Teacher Librarian?” (Learning for the future: developing information services in schools, Second edition, p.60-62) Australian School Library Association (2018)