Notice the words that you use to describe the school library and your role. First, try to say “our school library” or “your [meaning the students’] library,” rather than “MY library,” which sounds like the space and resources belong to the librarian. However, keep emphasizing that YOU as the librarian are an essential part of the school library program, and that the library program doesn’t operate on its own. Instead of saying, “the school library will have a morning workshop for teachers” or “teachers often collaborate with the library,” try, “the school librarian will lead a morning workshop” or “the teachers and school librarian frequently collaborate.” It’s not the space that does the work – it’s you! Take credit for your efforts.
Submitted by the AASL Advocacy Committee