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Creativity in School Librarian

Posted by Suresh Limbachiya on 25/01/2010

Librarian is most innovative person who develops various systems for arranging information and provides information service. Also provides services that assist and instruct people in the most efficient ways to identify and access any needed information. Normally librarian always lived inside the sources as books, maps, articles as well as web based resource. Librarian have been associated with collections of books, as demonstrated by the etymology of the word “librarian” Modern librarian’s deal with information in many formats, including books, magazines, newspapers, audio recordings, video recordings, maps, photographs and other graphic materials. The librarian is in charge of the school library. School librarians collaborate with classroom teachers to assist students with research and advance the students’ they also perform duties similar to other librarians such as purchasing library materials and maintaining the library collection. They handle the circulating and cataloging of materials, facilitate interlibrary loans; Librarians are often responsible for audio-visual equipment and are sometimes in charge of school Librarians read to children, assist them in selecting books, develop information literacy, and assist with schoolwork. Some school librarians see classes as par library time table.

Role of librarians: Librarian’s jobs focus on three aspects of library service (1) User services (2) Technical services and (3) Administrative services. User service is for readers as well as its recourse users, provide reading material to readers. . Technical service especially for library materials and its arrangement, cataloguing, classification, indexing, database preparation, technical services, such as acquisitions and cataloguing, acquire, prepare, and classify materials so that patrons can find it easily etc. And lastly administrative service for library staff who provide service to reader. Administrative services oversee the management and planning of libraries: they negotiate contracts for services, materials, and equipment; supervise library employees; perform public-relations and fundraising duties; prepare budgets; and direct activities to ensure that everything functions    Librarian called an information officer also. Librarian helps to reader for finding information and uses it effectively for personal and professional purpose. Librarians also recommend materials. Many compile lists of books, periodicals, articles, audiovisual materials, and electronic resources on particular subjects and analyze collections. Librarians are classified according to the type of library in which they work: Librarians in special libraries work in information centers and preparing abstracts and indexes of current periodicals, organizing bibliographies, or analyzing background information and preparing reports on areas of particular interest. Librarians with computer and information systems skills can work as automated-systems, and as information architects, designing information storage and retrieval systems and developing procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information.

School Librarian: Some librarians work with specific groups, such as children, they called School Librarian. School librarian in an era in which the position is less of a warehouse manager and more of a reference consultant to teachers and students while still retaining the instructional focus that has always been a part of the position. School restructuring requires that the librarian venture from the library to collaborate with teachers and administrators. School librarians expand their areas of influence to include the classroom when they collaborate with classroom teachers to meet the information needs of students. Librarians assist teachers and students to search out their information needs, critically evaluate the materials they locate, and use technological means to synthesize their findings into new knowledge. Librarians must become proficient in the use of the new technologies to promote them and instruct students and teachers in their use. As students become more self-directed learners, the librarian acts as a resource person in the students quest for supporting information and the development of appropriate presentation strategies. 

School librarian as information officer: The information explosion has created far more information than one school library could possibly contain. The librarian is responsible for locating, acquiring, disseminating and tracking information resources of many types, interlibrary loans, maintenance of a computerized library information system.  The librarian manages the budget and evaluates and selects new materials for purchase. As information librarian will supervise and evaluate the performance of technical assistants. Training of these assistants will take a significant amount of time and expertise. Under the supervision of a librarian, paraprofessionals may become highly proficient in database searching, computer catalog maintenance, and other sources.

School librarian as subject teacher: The school librarian in the electronic age expands the services available from the library to include computer-based data and sophisticated information-seeking strategies. Working in concert with classroom teachers and curriculum experts, librarians form a comprehensive team designed to enhance student academic achievement and critical thinking skills necessary for success in lifelong endeavors. i.e.  In one of class, there are lesson about Rani Laxmibai, Teacher taught same lesson as well as indicates to students to refer books for particular topic, teachers suggest students to go to library and read more about Rani Laxmibai. So first it is gate way open for students and get latest knowledge about particular topic which is in indicate by subject teacher. Therefore, Co-operation between teachers and the school librarian is essential in maximizing the potential of the library services. In order to activate for students in the learning process , teachers may cooperate with the library in fields such as, educating them to be critical and creative users of information,  project work and assignments, do reading motivation with students at all levels, for individuals or for groups

Library for students: The students are the main target group of the school library. Cooperation with other members of the school community is important only because it is in the interest of the students. Students can use the library for many different purposes. It should be experienced as an open free learning environment where they can work on all subject assignments. The students’ activities in the library are production of portfolios and material to be presented for students, information finding and using, project work, problem solving tasks, homework support.

Events in the library: such as pyjama story time, exhibitions, author visits, book club, book fair, if there is enough space, students can do literature inspired performances for parents and other students, and the librarian can organise book talks and story telling for the younger students. The librarian should also stimulate interest in reading and organise reading promotion programme in order to develop the appreciation of literature. Activities addressed to encourage reading involve cultural as well as learning aspects. There is a direct link between reading level and learning results. Librarians should always be pragmatic and flexible in their approach when providing reading material to users and supporting the individual preferences of the readers by acknowledging their individual rights. By reading fiction and non-fiction literature which fits their needs and levels, students may be stimulated in their socialization process and identity development.

Cooperation between teachers and librarian: Cooperation between teachers and the school librarian is essential in maximizing the potential of the library services. Teachers and librarians work together in order to achieve are instruct and evaluate pupils’ learning across the curriculum, evaluate pupils’ information skills and information knowledge, develop lesson plans, prepare and carry out special project work to be done in an extended learning environment, including the library, prepare and carry out reading programme and cultural events, integrate information technology in the curriculum, make clear to parents the importance of the school library. Teachers who have a more progressive and open educational ideology are likely to be keener library users. In addition to all the functions and possibilities mentioned above, they may include the library as a teaching place, and in so doing, move away from traditional teaching methods. In order to activate students in the learning process and develop their independent learning skills, teachers may cooperate with the library in fields such as: – information literacy by developing the students’ ‘spirit of inquiry’ and educating them to be critical and creative users of information, project work and assignments, do reading motivation with students at all levels, for individuals or for groups                   

The changing role of school librarians: The objectives of the school libraries one of the basic requirements are “staff with professional qualification in education and librarianship, assisted by sufficient support staff.” The UNESCO document the guidelines for school libraries suggests four types of personnel in school libraries i.e., professional, technical, clerical and volunteer. The world is rapidly entering an era of technological revolution where information technology forms an integral part of social changes. Easy access to a variety of sources calls for a revision of the education of school librarians so they are capable of planning and teaching the new information handling skills with teachers for students. This training can be carried out as a component in the basic educational programme for new school librarians, and for those already working it is important to offer a variety of courses through continuing education. School librarians need to change the methods of instruction for information skills in schools to include skills of coping with the enormous amounts of information available to each individual through these new channels. In view of these changes is very important that the school librarians are recognized as information specialists in the new sense. Occupational studies exist from different parts of the world which have attempted to identify the roles and functions of librarians in the school context. This shows that the role of school librarian s vary according to the educational objectives of the schools. The school librarians join the teachers and others to identify links across students’ information needs, curriculum contents, learning outcomes and variety of print, non-print and electronic information resources. School Librarians should update their information literacy skills in order to know and make use of the latest Information and Communication Technology tools and techniques for information access and retrieval in order to provide right information to the right users from various sources. For today’s school librarians, information access, information delivery, teaching and learning ability are the three important areas to manage resources and to offer effective service for students and staff.

Library committee for school library: The librarian will manage the library and the duties of the librarian will include all that has been stated in the previous sections. There shall be a library committee, headed by the Principal and at least 03 teacher members and 02 students’ members from Classes VII to XII, who have a genuine love for books. The teachers should be one each from Primary, Secondary and higher Secondary classes.  The Librarian would be the Member-Secretary of the Committee. The Committee will select books for the library keeping in view the natural interests and needs of the children, their age group and intelligence. There should also be continuous renewal of books for which meetings should be held on half yearly basis. The library Committee can invite other teachers and students to the meetings for their advice as well as suggestion.  This committee shall meet as often as possible but at least once in a month

Conclusion: When we look into the future world, it appears to be more dependent on libraries, but not the libraries of today, rather transformed libraries built with a shared vision. This is because libraries will involve citizens in planning and delivery of information and learning services; they will provide local and virtual space for research, education and problem-solving; and will be responsive to the information and learning needs of each local community. Libraries in the future will be accessible to all who wish to use them. Libraries of the future will be available to people at home, in the community, and in the workplace as well as in traditional main and branch library buildings, and will serve as centers for the communication of ideas, needs and resources, both locally and world-wide. The future for libraries has not been so bright before. The librarian just needs to see far and take up the challenges to demonstrate the benefits of digital information. They need to revolutionist their own professional training even if it requires turning their own field upside down.                      (Published in Teachers Net” Magazine)


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