LBS 850 – Week 9 – Schedule

I’d think that modern librarians NEED flexible schedules. Sure, there can be some regularity to it such as a regular class or two, or set times every day for mini-classes on a variety of topics or a regular “late afternoon” where they’re available later in the day for students doing research/homework, but flexibility is crucial. We need to be able to go to classes (or have them come to us) for co-teaching opportunities. We need the flexibility to attend committee meetings, collaborate with administrators or other staff, or do the myriad other duties we have to do as librarians and active members of the school’s educational community. Nevermind the need to at least seem to be the go-to person for ed tech in the school. If a teacher needs help, we need to be able to go HELP THEM. If we’re trapped by an inflexible schedule, we run the risk of hastening our irrelevance. Viva la librarian, via la flexible schedule!

Other students largely agreed with me. Effective librarianship requires a flexible schedule. Problems with fixed schedules ranged from no time to be a librarian to simple needs for bladder emptying. Flexible scheduling does require more work on the librarian’s part to create those collaborative connections and schedule meetings with teachers/times with classes, but the end result is a more vibrant relationship between the library teacher and other teachers. Don’t we all want that?

That being said, there are arguments for a fixed or semi-fixed schedule at the elementary level. By seeing students on a regular schedule, library teachers are able to really get through a curriculum. In addition, they appear more important to the administration and therefore have more job security. 😉

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