Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

What is a media specialist?

Posted on: January 6, 2009

“Some of the questions that are currently on my mind are: What is a library media specialist? What skills do they have, and how can I be sure I will fit into this career? ” I so often come back to a statement made by a professor friend many years ago. He visited several media centers to see what made the media programs successful. The bottom line, according to him is, “you can have any kind of media program you want to have.” I really think that says a lot. If you want a quiet, traditional book place you can have that, if you want a centre of the school information center with lots of technology you can have that. Skills? Understand curriculum and teachers, ability to work well with people, be visionary, proactive, have good management skills. Take a role in instructional leadership and instruction, staff development, implementing change, understand the big picture, be skilled with technology, have a desire to help others grow. Good luck! I’d love to hear from you in the future about what you decide to do!

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