From the inspirational Joyce Valenza, with particular reference to reading & literature advocacy, you know you are a 21st century teacher librarian if …
- You explore new ways to promote and celebrate reading. You are piloting/equipping learners with both traditional, new, and emerging book formats–downloadable audio books, Playaways, Kindles, iPads, Nooks.
- You share ebook apps with students for their iPhones, droids, and iPads and other mobile devices
- You market, and your students share, books using social networking tools like Shelfari, Good Reads, or LibraryThing.
- Your students blog or tweet or network in some way communicate and reflect about what they are reading
- You link to available free ebook collections using such tools such as Google Books, International Children’s Digital Library
- You review and promote books in your own blogs and wikis and other websites.
- You embed ebooks on your websites to encourage reading and support learning.
- You work together with learners to create and share digital booktalks or book trailers.
Valenza, J. K. (October 2010). A revised Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians, from http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2010/12/03/a-revised-manifesto/
My Addition …
You work together with teachers to embed literature into the curriculum.
You work together with teachers to implement exemplar literary learning programs – using literature as a curriculum resource.
Teacher librarians assist with the implementation of such programs by:
- Sharing teaching and assessment
- Collaborating with teachers to design tasks & activities and create templates and documents to scaffold student learning
- Facilitating access to a diverse range of appropriate and professionally selected resources to support curriculum content and learning outcomes ( fiction & non-fiction, websites, e-books and videos)
- Select a range of fiction and non-fiction (print or digital) that fit different reading and cognitive levels, age levels and cultural backgrounds.
- Assisting teachers with the selection and use of web 2.0 tools & technology that support student learning, engagement and response to the literature
- Creating online resources to share student work, learning and reflections ( Google sites, wikis, blogs)
- Supporting reading of literature (providing access to e-reading devices, providing multiple copies of selected texts, reading aloud)
- Providing physical space or classroom opportunities for students to engage in quality conversation around the literature