Speaking to Future Librarians

Sorry, somehow I let last month slip by without a post.  I had a good one too, so here I am to rectify that.

I received my librarian degree from UGA.  They don’t call it that, but you know what I mean.  They do half of their classes face to face and half of them virtually.  I forget the name of their online class software.  Wimba?  Blackboard?  Something like that.

I was invited by Dr. Greg Clinton to speak to one of his first-semester classes earlier this fall and it was an interesting experience.  I don’t think I’ve ever talked at length online before and it was strange not being able to see your audience.  But it was a great class and they had some good questions.  I’ll post the questions and short versions of my answers here and you can add any further advice in the comments.  I have a feeling they’ll be checking this site out.

What was your teaching experience prior to being a Media Specialist?

Mostly I was a support teacher: ESOL, EIP Reading and Math, Gifted, that kind of thing.  The most important thing I learned from that experience that has helped me in this job is remembering to BE FLEXIBLE.

What’s the best and worst thing about being a Media Specialist?

The best thing is the relationships. You get to help all the students, teachers and even parents and other community members.  Each day is new, different and exciting.  I guess the worst thing is not being able to have every thing for every one.  It’d be nice to be able to please every person and fulfilling every request.  The biggest challenge is last minute things tossed in your lap and the frustration of knowing it could have been better if you’d known what someone needed earlier.

Would you go back to the classroom?

I suppose I would go back to more regular teaching if something horrible happened and they got rid of the Media Specialist position, but I have no plans to ever leave this job as long as they’ll have me.  I love reading, technology, and helping people find just the right information they’re looking for.  It is an honor to do this job, truly.

So there you have a shortened version.  What would you add?

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About Jim Randolph

School librarian, dad, hubby, geek. www.teacherninja.blogspot.com

Posted on November 12, 2012, in Program administration, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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