Jennifer's open letter includes a list of six dispositions to look for in a potential library media specialist. Sometimes hiring the suitable person for the position involves a teacher currently occupied with the licensing process. As Wisconsin continues to face a shortage of certified professionals, we are looking at ways to support struggling districts seeking to locate the right person to be their "awesome librarian." This summer DPI and WEMTA are collaborating to develop resources for the start of the upcoming school year. These resources will help define what a teacher librarian does and demonstrate how one's presence improves student learning.
Library Girl also includes examples of interview questions. The good news is that the open letter doesn't stop with the hiring process. She shares information about the kind of support needed for that amazing librarian to develop an awesome library program. Check out the Adventures of Library Girl to find great information, and please share the open letter with school administrators and others involved in district hiring processes.
Nancy Anderson, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning