I can’t believe that my first year as a high school librarian is already coming to a close. This year has been challenging to be sure, but ultimately really helpful in providing me with practical, concrete skills, resources, and understandings needed to be an effective school librarian. This was my first full year as a media specialist and with no prior shadowing or experience in a school library setting. I was hired because I did have four years of academic library experience and very passionate about information literacy. This field experience class and school library class was very helpful in giving me practical tools I needed with facing district wide financial constraints. My passion for libraries began in 2008 when I first started working at Johnson C. Smith University as an evening library supervisor. I learned from working in an academic library setting that so many students did not acquire information literacy skills in the high school to prepare them for college level research. Thus, the reason I decided to transition from college to the high school library setting; to be able to prepare students for 21st century learning. With the vast wealth of information I learned from this year and applying the knowledge to my current position as a media specialist, I am pleased with my career decision.
My challenging part for me was the balancing act of working in the media center alone to service1600 plus students and 80 plus teachers. I am not alone and have learned many media specialist work in this capacity. I am very passionate about high school students being prepared for the future and very much concerned with the digital divide that affect so many students. I am mid-way through the year and embracing and enjoying all of my challenges. I am definitely excited to see what the remainder of the year has in-store.