I chose to base my elevator speech on “Learning that Lasts” by Jennifer Stanbro. Stanbro discusses how our tools, and physical space are taking different shapes, our mission is still the same, to help students. Here’s that speech I have ready for that awkward ride up an elevator with that one teacher who is never really sure what my job is … (I think I’ll keep taking the stairs). As they comment, “My the library sure has changed since my school days!”
Yeah, it has changed, hasn’t it!? Although, our mission as teacher librarians has really remained the same. It’s still about how we help students learn, explore, and share, no matter what medium we’re talking about or how the physical space is set up. We’re here to support students and teachers, to provide new experiences for them that will help shape new knowledge, and maybe even awaken new passions. You and I really have the same mission, except you’re in a standard classroom, and I’m in the library. But we’re both here to work with wonderful colleagues each day, students and teachers alike, to help make a difference.