First of all, I wanted to piggyback on Mary Ann’s Commercial for UGA’s SLM Program. What she describes is exactly how I got into the program. The SLMS at my school was the one who pointed me to the program and I couldn’t be more pleased. As I said to one of my professors last semester: “I finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up!” (And I’m forty.)
This article convinced me of the importance of titles. There’s been discussions about the proper name for our position. Media Specialist? Librarian? Teacher-Librarian? It used to seem silly to me but after reading that I’m going with the Canadians on this one and sticking with Teacher-Librarian. It doesn’t exactly trip lightly off the tongue, but I think it’s a good clue to the the collaboration and teaching done in the profession.
There are many good blogs out there reviewing children’s and young adult literature but until now it’s been a matter of finding them on your own. No longer! Pam Coughlan a/k/a MotherReader has done an amazing job of herding these cats into one fantastic place. Check out Kidlitoshpere Central, a fantastic new resource.