I've never really thought about the value of a Teacher Librarian in my early years of teaching. They were the person in the library that got books for kids and made sure the computer lab schedule was maintained. To be honest, I didn't really have any idea what they did. Thanks to Twitter, that viewpoint has evolved tremendously.
I've always been close with the TL in my school, but it was far more social than work related. This year, that has all changed. We have worked side by side to bring a Makerspace (Blue Devil Maker's Lounge) to our school. We have collaborated to create a space that we hope will encourage students and teachers to explore new skills and create amazing things. She has been a strong advocate for technology in the classroom and understands the type of support students and teachers need to be successful. She is a hardworking and awesome person and I wish I would have used her as a resource earlier in my career. +Courtney McGuire (@CourtneyLibrary) is where you can find her on the interwebs. This project has really been a wonderful partnership and we both have the same passion for helping students learn and supporting their different interests.
Besides being a shout out to my partner in crime, I want to encourage all of your to reach out to your TL and see what types of projects you can create together. The library is not an outdated place filled with books. It can be much much more if teachers and TLs work together to support students and staff. TLs have access to so many great resources that they can add to almost any lesson you are crafting. I read somewhere that Teacher Librarians were Google before Google. They can help you with anything and it is worth it to reach out and connect. I have gained so much respect for the TLs the past few years and I really hope more teachers reach out and collaborate with their Teacher Librarian. I can't wait to see what we can come up with next.
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