Teacher-Librarian 2.0



"Teacher-librarians play three critical roles
in the learning community: teacher,
information specialist and administrator.
In each of these roles they empower students and
teachers to meet higher standards."

-Ken Haycock
**The Crisis in Canada's School Libraries (2003)**

The roles of the teacher-librarian are not changing, but shifting to encompass new technologies. Teacher-librarians no longer just serve students and educators who physically enter the library, but now are reaching out to virtual customers using a variety of formats and methods of delivery. To serve these customers and continute to exert a positive and significant effect on academic achievment, teacher-librarians must understand the benefits of integrating all forms of information technologies into a full-service organization with human interfaces as guides to the best and most practical information sources (Loerchester, 1998).

Characterized by creating, collaborating, connecting, and conversations, Web 2.0 has the potential to transform learning in today's classroom and school libraries. Teacher-librarians must build an understanding of the information sources and knowledge management that is demanded and desired by twenty-first century learners. These tools can be used not only by our students, but as educators to enrich and share our professional knowledge.

This wiki attempts to provide an enabling culture in which to:
  1. Explore and illustrate examples of emerging technologies (Web 2.0 tools) that impact the role of the teacher-librarian
  2. Enhance and enrich knowledge sharing and capability development through professional development
  3. Enable learners to construct sense and new knowledge using a repetoire of Web 2.0 tools
  4. Implement, through a constructivist, inquiry-based framework, educational uses of technology that facilitate school improvement (ISTE NETS Project)
  5. Collect irrefutable data of the impact of the school library program upon student achievement (Evidence-Based Practice)
  6. Understand the concept of participatory culture and its impact on learning, teaching, and school libraries (Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century)