I have read the with great interest the literature about justifying our position and relevance in helping achieve student outcomes. I have also had many discussions with fellow TL’s and read many a forum comment about this topic.
I am in the enviable position of having a boss who actually agrees with Harold Howe (see above quote)! He sees the Library as the centre of the school playing a pivitol role in the lives of students, staff and the community. He also believes that the Library does not end at the door and I agree. It is essential that we are seen as fully participating members of staff, showing up at Anzac and Rememberance day services, involving ourselves in multi-cultural days and various other whole school events.
As with any teaching role communication is vital. Explaining your vision for the Library and its role within the school to Executive and staff is imperative. Presenting staff each week with a resource (old or new) and demonstrating its use in meeting syllabus outcomes, discussing lesson plans and goals with teachers and surveying their needs and wants are all ways of ensuring our value is recognised.
We are part of the educational landscape of a school by not only providing much needed support to staff in resourcing the curriculum but in teaching students valuable skills to enable them to learn more effectively.