This is something I've wanted to do for awhile. I am writing a blog!
It has taken over a year to start and still I am worried, nervous, unsure. I will persevere, thanks to the many members of my PLN (Professional Learning Network) on Twitter. A shout out to all of you. Thanks for sharing, encouraging, and always being there.
Lately, I've been wondering if I've changed, grown any, since I graduated with my Masters in Librarianship in 2005. I pulled out all my old papers and wondered what I was like eight years ago. I've discovered, I haven't changed much and I have changed tremendously. That's what being in education is all about-being able to keep what works and tweak it, so it works in a different, up to date way. Someone told me to write about what I'm passionate about, and I listened...to Shannon, Nikki, and Gwyneth. :) Thanks to Rachel, too!
|I made these out of old filmstrip canisters!|
I wrote this Recipe. Thought I would share it with you. Thought it would make my first blog post a bit, only a bit, easier. Dr. Holly Willett wanted our Philosophy of Librarianship. This is what I told her.
RECIPEBooks. Children. Information. Throw these into a pot and stir. This is the beginning recipe of the *school library media specialist I want to be.
Books are first because, next to my family, they are my true love. The feel of the book, the sound of the pages turning, the colorful illustration, the words on a page, and the myriad of tidbits about the actual book or the author/illustrator who created the book are too much to resist.
Children are next because without them there is no need for school library media specialists. Children are necessary for other reasons, too. They provide the awe, the craving, and the drive to know more, to find out the next piece of the puzzle. They are the catalyst for the books, the reason why writers write. They are the reason I get up every morning.
Information is the third ingredient. Knowledge is learned and shared and cherished. Without information I cannot move children from one stage of their lives to the next. Their developmental growth is the growth of knowledge. They want information. They need information or they cannot grow. Children thrive on information and knowledge.
After the first three ingredients, the completed library media specialist should begin to simmer. The room fills with excitement and the creative odor of ideas, thoughtfulness, empathy, and sharing. Ideas will make finding information easier and more fun. A good library media specialist will be thoughtful of others and understand their difficulties and strengths and accommodate their needs. To have empathy with others is essential so that, with gentleness and skill, a library media specialist can see through the eyes of a non reader, or approach the on-line catalog with a certain amount of trepidation with a new child. Sharing is the key. To be the keeper of the knowledge is one thing. Allowing knowledge and information about how to get that knowledge to be shared freely with others is the best part of the recipe. That only happens as the simmering continues and the mixture begins to thicken and melt into one dish to serve many.
Adding spices is the last step to the library media specialist recipe. Humor, patience, and willingness to learn about new ingredients and add them to the mix are essential seasonings. An open heart and mind, a love of people, the need to share with others, and cooperation round out the recipe and add the needed boost the mixture lacks.
The simmering never stops. This lifelong recipe for a library media specialist will continue to be flavored everyday with every curious question from a child, teacher, or parent. This recipe thickens every day as technology develops and needs change. This recipe is fluid, reshaping as the information and the search for information grows. The library media specialist, to be sure the flavors continue to be fresh and pungent, should taste this recipe every day. The library media specialist has to be willing to adjust the recipe as every changing moment and every child dictates.
I long to be a full-bodied meal. I am simmering. The future looks bright that others will taste of what I have to offer, be satisfied and pleased, and will come back for more.
Children. Books. Information. No matter how those ingredients are put into the pot, this is the recipe for the media specialist I will be.
*I call myself a teacher-librarian now, by the way. It's way cooler! Now that I've written my first blog post, I can call myself the Cibrarianess, too!
Let me know what you think!