Information from "5 Roles for Empowering School Librarians (http://www.lrs.org/documents/lmcstudies/5Roles.pdf)The 21st century librarian wears many hats these days! If you already are a librarian, then you know this first-hand! If you are thinking about becoming a librarian, or are just curious, then see below just some of the roles we play:School Leader-This role requires "captain" sensibilities andcertain credentials, educational backgroundand training (which most of us have).This person regularly meets with the principal,attends school meetings, sets up sidemeetings, and is usually involved in keycommittees. It's called "being in the know"on campus and being "on board" with thedecision making...Saavy?Program Administrator-This role requires you to "cook up" an awesomelibrary program that is stocked, staffed andfunded. To be successful, a program administratormust plan, budget, report and evaluate.This role also requires you to work with studentsand staff, usually on a flexible schedule. This rolecan not be "well done" without some great "kitchen"aides!Information Navigator-There's nothing like being the "queen"of information! This role requiresselection of print, nonprint, andelectronic resources to support thestudents with their curriculum needsand help them to meet state standards.Helping others find the "jewels" in thewealth of information out there, aswell as evaluating and applying themis one of the best roles we can play!Technology Facilitator-This role requires you to get database"licenses while building" a great technologyprogram. Finding and identifying free,authoritative online resources is just oneof many tasks.This role requires "building bridges" betweenstudents and staff, curriculum and instruction,and technology resources.Collaborative Teacher and Learner-In order to "graduate" to the next levelof learning, you must collaborate. This role alsorequires you to teach learners to be teachersand to teach teachers to be learners.This role also requires you to be a "master" ofcollaboration with other librarian,s all the way upto the national level.
These are the five most recognized roles of today's librarians.Is that all of the hats we wear? No!! Some other hats we put on because we want to,but then some are forced on us and they really do not fit. The librarian role is probablyone of the most misunderstood roles in education today. If you ask someone who is nota librarian and does not spend time around one, they think all we do is read books, checkthem out to others, and say "Shhhhh!"...Just as an example, if you would like to see my own self report from the last fewyears as a high school librarian, please click on this link: