The reading focusing on advocacy and intellectual freedom has been interesting, but the most interesting thing to me over the last couple of weeks, has been discovering how deep and wide the old-fashioned perception of a librarian runs to this day. I am not surprised that the public might cling to an old-fashioned notion of shelving books and arranging displays, but teachers maintain this image as well. As a high school English teacher of juniors, I spend a considerable bit of time with my students researching in the library, with the librarian helping out, so I have seen some librarian skills beyond book-shelving. Because of this, I guess, I was unaware of how many teachers have little regard for the skill or intellect of the position of librarian.
This has driven the point home to me that it is important for librarians to promote themselves. Not from an egotistical perspective, but simply to inform teachers, administrators, students, and the community, of what the library and librarians can do for them. Of course, the flip side to that is that if you do a great job of promoting your services, the demand may be more than one person can meet. Maybe that’s the point at which a district would realize we need more librarians!