Media specialists in the history books?
Posted December 11, 2010on:
Today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune had a generally decent article on media positions being cut. Students quoted in the article described the need for media specialists to “give them a helping hand.” The responses posted on the blog are a mix of support and “it’s about time.” Take a look to see what others are writing. One writer said that as a busy teacher she needs librarians to help here and help the kids.
I saw an example of that need when I gave a session at the TIES technology conference this week. I shared ideas for using primary sources in the classroom and shared projects developed by graduate students in the using primary sources class I teach The most common question from the participants was “But I can I find these resources?”
Many media specialists report that resource budgets are not being cut even when positions are cut. Who will help schools get a return on the huge investments they have made in print and electronic resources? Who will help teachers and students learn how to use them? I’d love to see a follow-up article in the Strib that emphasizes the emphasizes our staff development, leadership and technology roles.