What?Posted: October 15, 2012
What is your job title anyway?
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts calls me a Library Media Specialist and I have my educator’s license to prove it. But, I’ve never liked that designation and I use it infrequently. For one thing, I think it’s misleading.
I take issue with the connotation that “specialist” brings to mind, when in fact I see myself as a generalist. A “specialist” is a neurosurgeon. Focuses on one particular part of the anatomy. Doesn’t necessarily see the forest for the trees. Can be single-minded at times. A “generalist” is a General Practitioner who looks at the whole individual. Who knows the family by name. Who still makes house calls. That’s me. I make house calls!
Teacher-Librarian and Library Teacher, while accurate representations, are just plain awkward. I agree with the image they intend to project (I am a teacher, after all), but they just don’t roll off the tongue so easily.
I could be tongue-in-cheek and refer to myself as a resourceress. I wouldn’t be the first! That might be setting the bar a little too high however. I can usually grant the wishes of most of my students by finding just the right book, magazine or other resource but I haven’t quite mastered the casting of spells.
So, please, please, just call me the good ol’ fashioned term “librarian”. As long as you don’t call me old-fashioned! No buns, granny sweaters, half glasses or shushing fingers allowed in my library.
Stay tuned for my next post-“When?”