Future Educators Association Professional

18 10 2010

Teacher –Librarian Relationships and Classroom Literacy


¨      Graduated from ISU with a BS in Library Science Education

¨      First Librarian position – K-12 District 1980-1986

¨      Second Librarian position – 7-8 Librarian with supervisory duties over six K-6 buildings 1994-2007

¨      Third Librarian position – Pre-K-8 Librarian 2007 –

Information about what certification a school librarian might have:

1. Certified teacher with an endorsement: ISBE website Individuals seeking the middle grades endorsement in Library Information Specialist will be required to complete either a major in the content area, or they must have 24 semester hours of content and pass the content test for Library Information Specialist.

2. Certified teacher with MLIS – Master of Library and Information Science Degree with School Library Information Specialist Certification

3. Certified teacher with M.S. in Library and Information Science

4. B.S. in Library Science Education

5.  Non-Certified support staff

Titles for School Librarians: Media Specialist, Library Information Specialist, Librarian, Library and Information Specialist

Names for the library – IMC – Instructional Media Center, LMC – Library Media Center, LC – Learning Centers

AASL – American Association of School Librarians




Roles of a school librarian:

Teacher Librarian

Reading Advocate

Program Administrator

What can your school librarian do for you?

Ten Reasons to Hug Your School Librarian


1.  Help with planning – librarians have a full picture of curriculum

2.  Information literacy skills – these skills support the transferable skills of critical thinking – analysis, reading, writing and effective communication http://www.islma.org/ISAIL.htm


3.  Not sure your students get the full picture of resources available – create pathfinders https://mlslibrary.wordpress.com/category/decades/

4.  Lonely – the librarian will teach with you – you present the content the librarian will help deliver the transferable skills such as Information seeking, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and communication

5.  Taking a graduate course – librarians can help get the materials you need. Online educational journals and professional portals

6.  Current research shows that libraries are key to learning http://www.lrs.org/impact.php

Researchers have found “a strong library media program helps students learn more and score higher on standardized tests.”

7.  Librarians study techniques for delivery or instruction – help improve your practice

8.  Help with ways to avoid cut and past plagiarism and ethical use of information

9.  Librarians can help integrate technology into your program

10.Librarians can help with leadership – information literacy, technology, reading and instruction.




Classroom Literacy:

Quoting enewby@ilstu.edu:

>  Book Letter # 4 By:Ethan
>  I am reading the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Ever
> since I got it I could not put it down. I never thought I would be
> able to read magic and fake character books but this one I can read!
> The book is at slow pace most of the book until he meets Mother
> Malkin who is the worst of witches that can kill him. She is
> practices blood magic which makes her get stronger and crave child
> blood. There was one point in the story where Mother Malkin was
> possesing his friend Alice who was sort of on Mother Malkin’s side
> for the most part. I kept wanting to read faster and faster to see
> what would happen. There was another shocking part of the story that
> happened but I shouldn’t give it away. That also made me want to
> read faster and faster.
> A quote from the book that I can easily relate to in my life is
> “someone has to do it”. Because a good example is during P.E. when
> we are putting the eqipment away some is left out and I think
> “someone has to do it”
> I love Last Apprentice very much and I plan to reading the secnd one
> Cusre of the Bane.


Suggested Resources

Miller, D. (2009). The Book Whisperer: Awakening the inner reader in every child. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Atwell, N.(2007). The Reading Zone: How to help kids become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Krashen, S. (2004). The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Wedwick, L. & Wutz, J.  (2008). Bookmatch: How to scaffold student book selection for independent reading. Newark, NJ: International Reading Association.