Bev Buller sent this newspaper article that features her school and a kitty visitor. She had to laugh when she was quoted as "one of the school's librarians" since it's just her and the 7th grade library aides!
the overarching strategic goal of the American Association of School Librarians is to achieve universal recognition of school librarians as
indispensable educational leaders; and
Whereas, the AASL Affiliate Assembly requested that the AASL Board of
Directors choose a title for its professionals that is clear to other
educators, administrators, and the public; and
Whereas, a recent AASL survey indicated confusion, misperceptions, and
inconsistencies about various job titles in our profession; and
Whereas, AASL needed to agree on a common nomenclature for all publications
and advocacy efforts; and
Whereas, the AASL’s leadership reviewed the data, identified the advantages
and disadvantages of the various titles, and held a focused and extensive
Therefore be it resolved, AASL officially adopts “school librarian” as
the title which reflects the roles of the 21st century school library
professional as leader, instructional partner, information specialist,
teacher, and program administrator; be it further resolved that AASL will
advance and promote the title “school librarian” to ensure universal
recognition of school librarians as indispensible educational leaders.
The following guiding principles govern these actions: Open dialog concerning
knowledge of our stakeholders’ needs, wants, and preferences; the current
realities and evolving dynamics of our environment; the capacity and
strategic position of our organization; and the ethical implications relevant
to this decision.
Results of 2009 School Libraries Count! survey As school library media centers increased their hours and collections, many school budgets failed to increase funding to support these trends, according to an updated report (PDF file) from AASL. Results from 5,824 respondents to the 2009 School Libraries Count! National Longitudinal Survey of School Library Media Programs revealed that many schools decreased expenditures, including reduced spending for information resources compared to the previous year....