Scott and whathesaid got me thinking about what ideas or beliefs our own subset of educators might also want to lose. (I got carried away and I will probably continue to add to this list.)
A bunch of things I think teacher librarians should unlearn:
- That the little things really matter to those we serve and teach. (For instance, whether or not we decide to shelve Mc and Mac together.)
- That Boolean logic is the best search strategy since sliced bread.
- That Wikipedia is bad, or less-than-good, in all contexts.
- That databases are the only online sources with value and credibility.
- That having a web presence, no–that having a really good and really useful web presence–is optional.
- That someone else is exclusively or ultimately responsible for learning relating to information and communication and search technologies.
- That the price initially quoted is the price you have to pay. (Thanks, Mom!)
- That issues relating to Fair Use are generally going to be answered with the word no.
- That no really means no or will continue to mean no when it comes to issues relating to access to the information and communication tools of today and intellectual freedom.
- That libraries should be quiet.
- That libraries should be tidy.
- That a library’s effectiveness and impact should be measured by the number of books it circulates.
- That your stakeholders automatically will know what you contribute to your school’s culture.
- That a library is merely a place to get stuff.
- That your collection should be just-in-case rather than just-in-time.
- That someone else is responsible for your professional development.
- That ubiquity won’t change your practice profoundly.
- That your library is bounded by its walls.
- That your library is open from 8 AM to 3 PM.
- That there is a box. (to think outside)
Wanna meme this one?