So, I had one of my righteous indignation librarian moments yesterday during my 4th grader’s “curriculum meeting” with her teachers. Fourth grade is very important grade in NYC because they will have 3 multi-day state wide tests and 4th grade is the year that middle schools look at when accepting children. The focus for 4th grade is research, research and research.
Once that was drummed into the parents heads, I asked “If research is so important, why don’t I see any library time? How come I don’t see any library trips scheduled?”
The teachers, a little flustered, replied that the school librarian would be ordering books for them and they would pull the laptop into the classroom and teach the kids how to search on the internet. I grimaced inwardly.
I sighed. Then I threw myself in front of a speeding bullet. “I’m off on Thursday and Friday mornings. I can come in and do online research demonstrations using the public library’s website if you want me to.”
Then one of the teachers said “That’s right, you work for the library.” I said, like Clark Kent ripping his shirt open to reveal the big S, “I’m a librarian.”