Leadership is the word of the year for school librarians. The mission of American Association of School Librarians is "The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning."
While our national association is empowering leaders, our job is to lead!
School librarians can lead students in developing information literacy skills and a love of reading. Think of new ways you can teach students to make claims, find evidence, and evaluate sources in your library lessons. Work with teachers on integrating these lessons into existing assessments. If students have to "look something up" for a class assignment, jump in and work with the teacher on including a quick lesson on advanced Google searching or an introduction to RefMe.
School librarians can lead faculty in creating engaging projects, lessons, and assessments. Offer to help your teachers find interesting informational texts for their projects. Using current news stories can make an old assignment seem relevant to our students. Think of ways to help teachers personalize assessments by demonstrating tools to use in a blended learning environment. Do a quick after school drop-in for teachers on how to use the PowerPoint voice annotation tool. This can turn entire class lessons into a great self-contained learning asset students can use as they need them. It takes time to se-up the first year, but will save time in years to come.
School librarians can lead other school librarians through sharing time-saving ideas, meaningful lessons, and clever presentations. Participate in your local state organization. Attend the school library and education technology conferences in your area. Do a bit of research and decide on dates, content, and what will work best for you. Consider offering to present at an upcoming conference. We are all doing surprising things that would help other school librarians.
Share the wealth, fellow-librarians!