For some reason, it has taken me a little while to ponder over last week’s class. It was so relaxing, full of individual tasks and actually using paper and pencil. I think what has struck me most is I don’t feel I fit into the typical school librarian model, nor do I find myself wanting to. What is clear to me, is how much I see myself not as an appendage, or a sort of sub-level to a school, but rather an integral part to student and faculty learning, along with actively being apart of curriculum building. I think it is spawned out of my love for learning vs. my love for reading (not saying we shouldn’t promote love of reading, or that reading is bad!). After all, it’s learning that brought me to get my MSI, and learning and the individual passions that students bring to school everyday that further led me to wanting to be apart of a school community.
I think that is partly why the Learning Specialist article didn’t rub me the wrong way. I envision my role in school as being different then how things use to be, and I envision myself trying to push those boundaries a little further. I understand people not wanting to play a major part in curriculum, and being a so called, “learning specialist”. I don’t think there is a path better than the other, but what matters is what works best for you and fulfills you. I’m finding more and more I want to be a leader in my own way. That’s why sometimes I’ll think to myself, “Man, I feel like such a bad librarian for x,y, and z reason.” Then it dawns on me, I’m not bad at my job because I don’t believe in prioritizing certain aspects of the traditional role of a school librarian as high on the list. I’m just creating my own flavor of what I envision the job to be and where some of us should take it, which hopefully, somebody will want to hire the Kelsey-fied version. Or at the very least, I think I’m flexible and adaptable enough to make it all work out.
P.S. Did anyone read the CCSS article in Knowledge Quest called: The Common Core: A Disaster for Libraries, a Disaster for Language Arts, a Disaster for American Education? I think Krashen’s points are interesting, but I had a hard time taking it all in with images of atomic bomb plumes next to the text…just sayin.