Monthly Archives: February 2014

This is What a Librarian Looks Like

Slate has posted a photography piece on librarians this week that portrays a wonderful profile of the diverse population.  When the average person pictures a librarian, their mind might go directly to cat eyeglasses and a cardigan, but this article has done a phenomenal job at going against that stereotype.  It not only shows the spectrum of ‘looks’ to a librarian, but it does a wonderful job at presenting all the roles a librarian takes on.

There is so much to delve into in the world of librarianship and they truly work in the front lines to make sure the leaders get the information they need in the best mode possible.  But, because most of their work is behind-the-scenes, many people do not know about their duties.

As a school librarian, my favorite quote from the article was:  “Libraries are important because students these days are not actually competent at navigating the digital world, but we as librarians help them not only navigate the digital sphere, but become better global citizens.”  Although as adults we may think that kids, especially teenagers, are constantly starting at some type of screen–cell phones, tablets, computers, et cetera–that does not necessarily mean they are tech-savvy.  Through my everyday work, I find that the high school students I work with have no idea how to use a database or navigate the internet to locate reliable sources.  It is the job of a librarian, especially those in schools, to show them the correct way to use technology for information and educational growth.

But librarians do so much, whether they are archiving at the Met in New York City or researching at a medical library, they are leading the way for many communities.  I believe the institution of libraries and the role of librarians is here to stay.  It may change with time, but I think it’s a rather adaptive tool and field, and it will continue to prosper and prove its relevance.

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Facebook Turns Ten Today!

Facebook Turns Ten Today!

For those of us that do remember the early days of “The Facebook,” realizing that one of the top-dogs of social media is turning ten years old today is rather startling.
Facebook has revolutionized how we share our lives with people–in one of the most widespread modes possible. Even more so, Facebook has linked to companies advertising and other social media forums (like Instagram).
For those of you that are a bit more privacy-conscious, it is a bit scary to think how everything you do online can be tracked by social media. It makes for quite a tightrope to walk in terms of what you’d like out there in the public and what you want to keep to yourself.
You may be asking how this applies to my blog as an educator and librarian. I think that the way the new generations communicate relies heavily on social media. They are constantly posting and sharing and taking pictures to immediately upload onto Instagram. And, because we are bequeathing our knowledge onto these younger generations, it may be wise to consider how social media can play into all of this.
I, myself, have opened up a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for my school library, and I also share this blog on the library’s webpage. I am trying to take the ancient idea of a library (at least in the minds of some teens) and make it relevant in their every day lives.
I think it could be quite useful to use social media in various ways in daily lessons or assessments to add a fun twist to the curriculum. When I was working as an English teacher, I had my students create Instagram accounts for various characters after reading Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. After reading a piece of literature that is hundreds of years old, it was fun to see the 21st century adaptations my students had to offer. The end products were spectacular and I was proud to see their literacy shine through an outlet with which they were familiar.
So I challenge my fellow educators to take the plunge, and see how social media can play a role in your everyday classes. If Facebook is any indication, social media is here to stay–and it would be best if we accept it with open arms.

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February 4, 2014 · 8:54 am