Are Teacher Librarians An Endangered Species?

No! We might be “endangered but not extinct” (Henry Jenkins). In fact most of the commentators that spoke were adamant that the role of the TL would increase exponentially in the future, in terms of how crucial it will become for student learning. Our role is to learn to be the expert in finding, evaluating and using information for learning. Our current students are facing a digital future and we need to be there to equip them in the best possible manner. These students need to become critical users of information and ideas. Classroom teachers have so much pressure to ensure their students are doing “the basics” – reading, writing and arithmetic. As TL we need to add technology to the list of basics and be there to support both teacher and student.

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