Librarian and advocate Jennifer LaGarde, Library Girl to many, has written about this on her blog The Adventures of Library Girl, and the post also appears in the May 2016 School Library Connection. In her open letter to principals, she recommends that they look for several things in their teacher librarian candidates:
- Someone who loves children more than books
- The right person vs. the right degree
- Data & outcomes
- Someone who can grow readers, not just improve reading scores
- A leader
- A learner
As you look at her recommendations, how do you see yourself reflected in them? What areas are your strengths? Or the areas where you could grow?
While not every Iowa district is actively hiring teacher librarians to serve in their schools, we must continue to influence conversations as candidates do indeed meet with interview teams and administrators in this hiring season. As leaders in your buildings and districts, support principals and administrators as they search for your teacher librarian colleagues.