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Are you territorial?

While chatting with my principal this week, he mentioned that as opposed to other librarians he hears about I am not territorial about the library. Is this true? Is this a good thing? Does this make me a weird librarian?

I go out and bring people in. I encourage them to take ownership and responsibility for their learning and their behaviors. When I have to be gone to conferences, I make sure that teachers know they can bring their students in to continue using library books, reference materials, and computers. I pack the schedule so the library isn’t unsupervised. Doesn’t everyone do this? 

Should I be territorial? What does that mean anyway? I "protect" the books and the equipment but I want everything used. I only let teachers and my technician sit at my desk in the office – no students. Of course, I never sit at my desk anyway so I don’t miss the space. Should I be guarding my territory? What is my territory? Why would anyone else guard their territory? Why wouldn’t we want our libraries to be the center of all activity? 

Comments

  1. teacherninja says:

    Why wouldn’t we want our libraries to be the center of the universe?

    Doesn’t sound like you have a problem to me.