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LBSC 744: Initial Vision & Expectations 2011

As I ponder my philosophy of effective school library program administration, it brings to mind a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt “I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity”. Without curiosity, people will not continue to search for answers to their questions. We must always continue to ask questions and seek answers. The desire for knowledge is the key to reaching our goals.

The strengths that I will bring to my field studies are these: curiosity, creativity, determination, and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. My biggest weakness, as my friends and family will attest, is that „no‟ is not in my vocabulary, and I often take on the most challenging tasks because of my strong desire to help others. I find in my position as Special Education Paraeducator at Poolesville High School, and in my position as Graduate Assistant at Universities at Shady Grove, I seek out ways in which I can help others, and learn or hone a new skill at the same time. In my position at Poolesville High School I regularly find ways in which to help my students, and my colleagues, as a school librarian would. For example, I demonstrate Web 2.0 tools I have discovered as part of my coursework, research and create pathfinders for the teachers with whom I work, and sponsor the Black-Eyed Susan Book Club.

I am proud of bringing the BES book club into the 21st century….I regularly post to the 1

LBSC 744: Initial Vision & Expectations 2011 media centerâ€&#x;s website and created a blog. The group of participating students continues to grow! In my position at USG, I feel like a sponge, with a tremendous desire to soak up every bit of knowledge, experience, and skill I can before graduating from the program in the fall. As an executive board member of ALA Maryland Student Chapter, I have been able to help create a series of workshops as outreach to my fellow students and the school librarian community. I jump in and help everywhere I can, and have created network of support at both College Park and Shady Grove campuses.

I hope to continue the types of experiences I have had with these

two positions as I move into my next stage of my professional life.

I believe I will continually learn and grow, and my field study experience at Ballou High School in Washington, DC will be an eye opening experience for me.

With their 80% FARMS

rate and lack of diversity, I anticipate the school and the students to be challenging experience, but I am determined to reach them and to make a difference in my short time there. I am looking forward to comparing and contrasting this experience with my summer placement in an Montgomery County Public Schools elementary school.

Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students and inspire in them a desire to learn more, to know more, and to share their knowledge. As the school librarian, I will teach them the information literacy skills necessary to continue their quest for knowledge.

Teaching and learning come in many forms. I will continue to seek innovative teaching strategies and create engaging, authentic lesson plans for my students. I will continue my own quest for knowledge in order to share it with my students. Education is a lifelong process and the school library media program is one crucial step that will follow the student throughout life. 2

LBSC 744: Initial Vision & Expectations 2011

I believe a school library media center should be a place that is warm and inviting. Not only the space, but the library staff that the students see every day should be warm and inviting. As the comic strip above shows, the human element in the library continues to be of utmost importance to its patrons. It should be a place that students and staff want to visit for research, for study, and for social interaction. I will follow Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science: Books are for use; Every reader his [or her] book; Every book its reader; Save the time of the reader, [and] The library is a growing organism. The media center space should be the core of the school; the school library media program the heart, and the library staff the heartbeat. The school library media program seeks to serve the entire school and reflects the diverse nature of academia and its community of learners. As the school library media specialist, I will encourage our students to ask questions, seek answers, share knowledge, and practice effective and ethical use of information in a global society.


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