I received this letter today from Marylaine Block. Some of you may be
familiar with her as a librarian/writer who writes articles about our
profession. She also has a e-zine.
She is intersted in the responses I got from my initial email and I thought
I would leave it up to all of you if you wanted to forward our exchanges to
her. I am VERY aware and she seems to be as well of the privacy of postings
on listservs. So I will leave it up to you.
I am continuing to bumble along in my position and am thinking ahead to next
year and the policies I want to lay down for use of the library and the
services I might offer. I am the only full time librarian here and have may
hats that I am wearing so I need to be careful not to overextend but I think
teaching or co-teaching some information literacy classes are definitely
necessary...if the school wants me. At the very least, library tours and
instruction using the online catalog can be done.
Signing up for the LM-NET or school library media listserv has also been
helpful for me to get more of a feel for the life of a media specialist...in
a "normal" situation. It was interesting for me to hear how one librarian
went from the class room to the library and had to work really hard to stay
connected with the rest of the school. I saw immediately that my disconnect
is not that unusual...though I think my joint-use situation is a bit
different. I am employed by the county library system and not the school