Associate Professor Marilyn Irwin has advised many SLIS students interested in school library media careers. Recently, Dr. Irwin noticed an article about trends in the field. She pointed out that "Robyn Young (MLS'01), who is so highly praised in this article, is one of our graduates."
The article by Kate Rix was published in the Scholastic Administrator online magazine. The title "Are Librarians Still Important?" addresses a question being asked in many school systems. Rix answers, "yes." But, beyond that simple answer, she highlights why. The discussion brings out trends in the field - including new job roles.
•"Are Librarians Still Important? In a word, yes. In fact, they may be an administrator's most underutilized resource. Learn how schools are freeing them up to help students, faculty, and principals find the information they need."
•"Today's Model: Robyn Young could be example number one of the new type of librarian. In her 12 years, she has never shelved a book. She rarely helps students check out materials. Furthermore, the principal of the high school where she works encourages her to move about the school building freely, regardless of the bell schedule.
“The librarian is a different position,” says Mike Swank, principal of Avon High School, near Indianapolis. "It serves a different purpose. She's got to have the flexibility to work with the rest of the staff, to share research and best practices."
Swank understands something that eludes many administrators and educators: The more robust the library program, the better students do academically. Not only that, but a credentialed teacher-librarian can become another instructional leader in the building and a go-to resource for the principal."
Posted October 04, 2012