The role of the teacher librarian in an international school

Ferguson, Mary; O'Hare, Josephine
April 2004
International Schools Journal;Apr2004, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p50
Academic Journal
The article discusses the role of the teacher librarian in an international school. The traditional concept of the librarian as the guardian of books is still held by many in whose own school experience librarians functioned a non-teaching role. Anecdotal evidence indicates that in a number of international schools, the library is still staffed in the unplanned fashion, with a part time parent volunteer or a teacher with a few timetable release periods. The school may be the place where the school librarian has library qualifications, but library skills should be instructed in isolation from the curriculum. Moreover, there are also a number of researches which link well-funded school libraries, which are staff by professional and teacher librarians, dedicated to student achievement.


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