This article highlights the Emerging Roles of Library Media Specialists workshops held in the summer of 2014. A description of what those workshops looked like was in an earlier WI Libraries for Everyone Blog post. We are excited that this project is being shared in a national professional journal feature article that focuses on partnerships and collaboration. Eileen and Stacy documented what can happen when needs are identified and practitioners take leadership roles to address those needs. In this case it started with the need to build a better understanding of the work library media specialists do and how their role has evolved. The workshop project was a concrete example of how to address one issues that was identified. There is a well documented need for more certified library media specialists in Wisconsin. The Emerging Roles of Library Media Specialists (ERL) workshops were developed as part of a partnership between the UWSSLEC, DPI, WEMTA, CESA's and leaders from the field. This article describes how the workshops came about and what the teacher librarian leaders created to both inform and generate interest in the profession. I encourage you to read the article to learn more about it!
Nancy Anderson, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning