@shannonmmiller and I spent the day in the exhibit area at the annual meeting of the School Administrators of Iowa. We were representing the Iowa Association of School Librarians and talking to principals, superintendents, curriculum directors and other administrators about the role of the Teacher Librarian. The most asked question was "what is the role of the librarian?" or some variation upon that, often appended with the observation that technology is making them think that maybe their libraries and librarians should look different than they have in the past.
It is becoming more and more clear to me that we have to be proactive (even aggressive) in making sure that our administrators know what we do and how it makes a difference to teachers and students. We also need to be willing to change and adjust what we do.
Here is Ginger Bechtold, a teacher librarian from Atlantic Community School District who was at the conference with the Iowa Association of Student Counselors. She is a fan of Shannon's work and was excited to meet her in person. (Actually, she was giddy!)
It was a fun and enlightening day, but there is still much work to do.