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Seven things you should know about your BC Librarian

Filed in Archive by on October 21, 2016

“Shhhh” is not in their vocabulary.

Librarians are not what you think they are. They don’t go around shushing people, and they don’t just read stories and work on crafts. Librarians are focused on the curriculum. It was once thought that librarians were not required to have advanced degrees, but that’s not the case. In fact, they have Master’s degrees in information science and are certified teachers. Yes, that’s right. They are teachers, too.  Just like your science or music teacher. But instead of focusing on geometry or music theory, a librarian focuses on information literacy. They teach students to locate, evaluate, analyze, synthesize, select, create and share information.

It’s not just about the books.Pictures of multiple books on a desk in a library

Yes, librarians love to read. Looking for a romance novel, a book with a strong female protagonist, an animal fantasy, a book narrated by death? You can ask any one of the librarians in the district to help you out! They each read about 75 new books a year on average, meet with other librarians throughout the Capital Region to discuss new books and attend conferences that give them access to up-and-coming authors and award winning books.   

But it’s not all about the books for them.  When you come to a BCSD library, you are likely to find students doing research using some of our vast databases, meeting in groups to prepare for a class presentation, talking in a book circle predicting which book will win the Caldecott Award, learning correct bibliographic formatting or doing reader’s theater.

They love to help! And that includes everyone.

Of course, librarians love working with students, but they’re not the only ones librarians work with. Librarians like to collaborate with other teachers and administrators too. Every day your school librarian assists teachers and administrators with questions about technology, sharing the latest and greatest in children’s literature, and collaborating on student research projects.

They’re keeping it real in the digital age.

Librarians try to make the process of finding information easier for students and staff by providing relevant, reliable resources to support the areas they are studying or teaching. Librarians help staff and students use existing and emerging technologies to support their teaching and learning. In order to do that, librarians stay current in their professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research to supplement school resources, connect the district with the global learning community, communicate with students and teachers, and provide 24/7 access to library services.

Collaboration is key to success.Elementary students working with Chrome books at a BCSD library

Bethlehem’s librarians participate in professional organizations such as the BOCES School Library System, New York Library Association School Library Media Section, Eastern New York School Library Media Association, American Library Association, Teen Reader Con, New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education, and attend meetings and conferences where they share best practices, current research, and educational initiatives that impact the profession and district students.

There’s no such thing as closing time.

Doing research? Ask your librarian for the passwords to our databases – then you can get expert articles right in your own home (instead of that article you found on Google that was written by a fourth grade student). That’s not all, students, faculty and staff can download both fiction and nonfiction books from school or home at any time of day.

Resources are (nearly) endless.

Librarians are providing countless materials and resources to the entire learning community in Bethlehem. The library services do a great job of supporting instruction because of the access librarians have to online databases. These databases are home to thousands of books and articles, which are managed by the librarians and involve the budgeting of thousands of dollars. They are among the many vital educational tools the annual school district budget – and the community – supports.