When I started this course I felt like an outsider looking in. I was a teacher who used the Library, brought students to the Library, and was sometimes involved in collaboration with the Teacher-Librarian on research topics. Now, the shoe is on the other foot and I suddenly find myself in the role of Information Specialist. I feel fortunate that I have this opportunity to take on this role as I am still in the infancy of my study as a Teacher-Librarian. I am fortunate also that I have a principal that appears to have faith in my abilities and that is supportive of the role that a Teacher-Librarian has within in the school community.
This will be a steep learning curve, but one that I am excited about tackling. As I read through the course material I am continually inspired by the likes of Joyce Valenza and Buffy Hamilton who exemplify what an excellent teacher-librarian should be. I am learning, constantly, but isn’t that what life is all about? The world is not static. We’ve been catapulted into an information/technological age where the need for informational literacy in the traditional sense will be required but, more importantly, “the nature of that information and the strategies for evaluating it are rapidly changing” (Hamilton, 2009, p.48).