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1
Roles of the Media Specialist
  • Letitia Green
  • MEDT 7487

2
The Roles of the Media Specialist
  • Information Power has described the role(s) of
    the media specialist in the exact way in which I
    have learned to become one. There are four main
    aspects to the job based upon my understanding of
    what it is that I am to do/become in order to be
    effective in my role. It is definitely a job
    that requires a great deal of dedication,
    expertise and hard work.

3
Roles of the Media Specialist Continued
  • The library media specialist has many roles and
    responsibilities including teacher, instructional
    partner, information specialist, and program
    administrator (Information Power, p. 4-5).

4
Media Specialist as Teacher
  • Sixteen years of experience
  • Worked as a teacher, coach, mentor teacher,
    grades 6-8 as a certified teacher, grades k-12 as
    a substitute teacher
  • Becoming a Media Specialist has been the greatest
    shift from the classroom I have experienced to
    date

5
Media Specialist as Teacher continued
  • In the role of teacher, the school library media
    specialist (SLMS) collaborates with teachers and
    Instructional Technology Specialist to ensure
    that students acquire the necessary information
    technology competencies and information literacy
    skills and the opportunities to integrate those
    skills into a standards based curriculum.
  • Teacher. The teacher librarian must be an
    effective educator and curricular leader. The
    media specialist must possess up-to-date
    knowledge and skills on a wide range of
    educational topics including teaching, learning,
    and information literacy.

6
Media Specialist as Teacher continued
  • Media Specialist as Teacher Video
  • Click on the link above for additional
    information on this topic.
  • According to Information Power, the media
    specialist as teacher is a very powerful role
    that is unavoidable and absolutely necessary.
  • Information Power (1998) has identified
    collaboration between media specialists and
    classroom teachers as critical to "support
    authentic, information-based learning."

7
Media Specialist as Information Specialist
  • Information Specialist. The teacher librarian
    must be an expert in locating, evaluating, and
    synthesizing information. Whether collaborating
    with the principal on a budget issue or teaching
    fifth graders to use electronic databases, the
    media specialist must model strategies for using
    a spectrum of traditional and new information
    tools and resources.

8
Media Specialist as Information Specialist
continued
  • This is probably the most challenging aspect of
    the program for me. As a teacher, I am used to
    utilizing technology as both a learning and
    teaching tool for students, but I had not
    envisioned my role as being the person primarily
    responsible for our schools technology until now.

9
Media Specialist as Information Specialist
  • In Information Power (1998), the SLMS is viewed
    as having expertise in acquiring and evaluating
    information sources in all formats."

10
Media Specialist as Instructional Partner
  • Information Power identifies the role as
    Instructional Partner, but I have coined it as
    Collaborator. Either way, this role is vital to
    the overall success of the media center and the
    library community as a whole.

11
Media Specialist as Instructional Partner
continued
  • In Information Power (1998), collaboration
    between media specialists and classroom teachers
    was identified as critical to "support authentic,
    information-based learning.

12
Media Specialist as Program Administrator
  • As stated in Information Power (1998), the SLMS
    is "proficient in the management of staff,
    budgets, equipment, and facilities" and works
    with other administrators and teachers to form
    policies, design activities, and provide
    leadership that would ensure outstanding use of
    information and information technology.

13
Media Specialist as Program Administrator
continued
  • As someone who will be ultimately responsible for
    the media center as a whole, it is important that
    the media specialist has a positive relationship
    with stakeholders and can stand strong as the
    primary advocate for the media center and media
    specialists alike.

14
Roles of Media Specialist- Conclusion
  • The role of the School Library Media Specialist
    is provide a comfortable atmosphere for students
    to relevant skills that will continue to equip
    them for learning in a technological world that
    is constantly evolving. Resources of all types
    are critical for the 21st century learner to
    remain competitive in this global environment.
  • In addition to the role of collaborating with
    teachers to provide lessons to meet the specific
    needs of the students, managing the facility as
    an administrator, todays 21st Century SLMS must
    be able to teach technology skills, maintain and
    update the collection to relate to the school's
    curriculum and promote 21st Century literacy
    skill to all students, especially those with
    diverse needs and multi-cultural backgrounds.

15
References
  • American Association of School Librarians (1998).
    Information power Building partnerships for
    learning. Chicago American Library Association.
  • Lamb, Annette (n.d.). The Role of the Media
    Specialist. Retrieved from http//eduscapes.com/sm
    s/overview/specialist.htm
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