I started blogging for School Library Journal back in May of 2005, and while it was a bold and a daring venture for the magazine (based on an idea I pitched to them), a few in the librarian community were confused by the initiative. Some said, "She’s not even a librarian." Angry e-mails poured in as to why a librarian wasn’t
blogging for the leading magazine of technology and book reviews – those were hurtful times for me. I couldn’t understand their arguments. Here I was, an accomplished journalist, and an educator, who worked with both librarians and teachers. And my thought was, sometimes the best person to tell stories, is an objective outsider. No, I am not perfect, and as one commenter pointed out to me, years ago, "Your ideas are ill conceived and poorly written."
Oh well. You cannot please everybody.
All in all, my main goal was to put my reporter’s cap on, and report on the wonderful world of education. Another goal was to spotlight those in the educational field whose voices were not being heard. Thankfully, SLJ gave me the opportunity to voice, and a platform to share the news with my readers.
We have grown. Our audience of readers spans the globe and are from all professions, and walks of life.
So I close this series with the notion that if librarians, teachers, parents, and students, understand that they, too, are reporters — in their respective fields, then researching, fact-checking, asking questions, and delivering the goods — with lead to 21st century learning and technological literacy. So go out there and TEACH LIKE A REPORTER! Thanks for letting me share with you.