Of course, there were more substantive things that happened in Boston. One of the more intriguing moments was when AASL President-Elect Nancy Everhart described her plan to visit an outstanding school library in all 50 states! Nancy's excellent adventure (she'll be rollin' cross-country in an RV) might be the ticket to your fame, since Nancy is looking for an exemplary school library in NC to visit. I will provide her with our state's recommendation for this honor in April, so put on your thinking caps and consider nominating yourself or someone else. An "offical" NCSLMA nomination form will be posted on the website soon, but in the meantime here are the specifics that Nancy is looking for in her 50-state school library tour:
- The school librarian is fully certified and a member of AASL
- The facility and activities going on in the facility are engaging and visually stimulating.
- The school library makes the most of the resources available.
- Schools should be diverse and at various levels – elementary, middle, high, K-12, etc.
- The school administration agrees to a site visit with media coverage which may include television, radio, and/or web coverage
- Appropriate permissions are obtained which include photos, video and potential research
- The school visit will occur on a day that fits Nancy's schedule
- Evidence of learning will be provided
- Tour schedule will be finalized in May and June and announced at ALA Annual in Washington, DC in June 2010.
The other interesting news out of Boston is that AASL has officially adopted the professional title of "School Librarian" to describe the work we do. According to ALA's Cognotes, "a recent AASL survey indicated confusion, misperceptions, and inconsistencies about job titles in the school librarian profession." Affiliate Assembly requested that the AASL Board of Directors "choose a title for its professionals that is clear to other educators, administrators, and the public, and that presents a common nomenclature for all publications and advocacy efforts."
So, School Librarian may be an old name, but it's our new professional title for the 21st century. While most people are very familiar with this old new name, they are likely not as conversant with what it means to be a 21st century School Librarian. If we are at our very best, we're making this clear every day through the work we do in school libraries across North Carolina. (I don't know about you, but I wear this professional title proudly and make it part of my signature line.)
Happily back in NC (but still lovin' Boston),
your NCSLMA President and School Librarian
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