A Day in the Life of a School Librarian

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I had the utmost pleasure today to join with a group of 50-strong librarians at the LIANZA Otago/Southland Library Assistants Day held at the Invercargill Public Library and share with them about what it means to be a school librarian.

Where to start!! No two days are ever the same and what you start out planning to do at the beginning of the day may look totally different by the end of the day, so the challenge was how to go about showing the variety and breadth of work that we do in a school library setting.

This presentation is what I eventually came up with.

It turned into a bit of a time and motion study of one day of work for me in the James Hargest Library.  I then finished with some thoughts and ideas about how public and school libraries can begin to think about working together.

If you have any great examples of working with a library that is in another sector, I’d love to hear about it!  Please share them here so others can benefit from your fantastic ideas.

2 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a School Librarian

  1. Hi Senga, what a fantastic presentation. You have some great ideas that you use. How open would you be to allowing others to use your intellectual property?

    Stephanie Gibbons
    New Plymouth Boys’ High School.


    1. Hi Stephanie
      Many of my lessons have evolved from ideas that others have generously shared with me so any of the resources I have here on my website have a Creative Commons license on them. Feel free to adapt the ideas for your own school and situation. All I ask is that you give attribution when you use any of my resources and I really love to know how others adapt and use them so please keep in touch. I’d also really encourage others to share any great ideas and resources with the wider education community. It’s how we’ll continue to grow and develop in the right direction.


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