Here is something to think about as I begin this New Year.
I have noticed more people out walking in my community this week. It might have something to do with the resolutions that they have made for the New Year. In our school libraries, are we creating displays that reflect healthy choices that might reflect some of the resolutions made? Or, are we reflecting our community in some other way, such as the upcoming presidential inauguration or MLK holiday?
School libraries enrich a community.
School librarians play a role in how the enrichment process takes place. In a way, they help to shape the community through selection, service, and in other roles that they perform daily. Interaction between the school library and the community allow for the best information to be available for the students who live within that community. This interaction will create trust between the school library and the community because communication exists between the two. At times, there may be disagreement but the school library will reveal their bias for providing more information and viewpoints rather than less; follow sound policies that have been established for the protection of all students; and reach an agreement with the community that will best serve it, with the understanding that change is always forthcoming.
Do school librarians have the ability to shape and move a community? Yes, but they should follow ethical standards set forth by the profession and proceed with care for their students and community by providing service that represents that community and not their own desires.