Top 10 Things Baby Teachers Should Know About School Libraries.
by, Doug Johnson
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Great info to share with new or newish staff members. You could give them a copy of the article, or use it as "cheat notes" for a staff meeting presentation at the beginning of the year.
Summary: "Elaborates factors that help to form a partnership between librarians and school teachers. Significance of considering the library an intellectual gymnasium; Aid provided by school librarians in planning projects; Importance of printed information resources in comparison with Internet."
First few paragraphs:
"Welcome to school. It's ever so nice to see your fresh, smiling face! I hope some of your eagerness and enthusiasm rub off on the rest of us, who've been here awhile. (A couple of us still yearn for the days of the one-room school.)
I'm the school media specialist. Or librarian, if you prefer. I answer to both. I recognize that your teacher preparation may not have given you much information about, or experience with, working with me or effectively using a library's resources. There's also a pretty good chance that the school library you used during your own school days was different from the program here.
To help us begin with a positive spin, here are a few things I'd like you to know about the library, our program, and me that can help us form a great partnership:..."