Artisan Librarianship According to Kristin Fontichiaro

At the Richardson-Plano (Texas) Library Expo, Kristin Fontichiaro was the keynote speaker and presented a session on the roles of the school librarian. (She is a clinical professor at the University of Michigan iSchool in Ann Arbor where she directs the school library program.) Kristin talked about school librarians as “artisans,” who match their programs to the needs of their unique learning environments. Below I summarized my notes from her session related to the roles of the school librarian but you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s a link to Kristin’s “Active Learning” blog where her Expo materials are posted: http://bit.ly/fontblog

From my notes:

These are the five roles Ms. Fontichiaro identified for school librarians.

1.    Cultural anthropologist (who identifies and connects to local needs)
2.    Peace Corps Worker (who provides service in the form of teaching others to fish)
3.    Strategic Technologist (who integrates value-added technologies when appropriate to learning objectives)
4.    Builder of Strong Schools (who recognizes the power and capacity of children) – and I would add of educators, too
5.    Advocate (who shows – rather than tells – and leads the way to an appropriate 21st-century education for all students)

I am wondering how many of these roles you perceive of as germane to building a culture of collaboration.

Work Cited

Featherwolf. “Mybread03.jpg.” MorgueFile.com. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/79180>.

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About Judi Moreillon

Judi Moreillon, M.L.S, Ph.D., has served as a school librarian at every instructional level. In addition, she has been a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and district-level librarian mentor. Judi has taught preservice school librarians since 1995. She is currently an adjunct associate professor for the iSchool at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has taught courses in instructional partnerships and school librarian leadership, multimedia resources and services, children’s and young adult literature, and storytelling. Her research agenda focuses on the professional development of school librarians for the leadership and instructional partner roles. She has published four professional books; the most recent is Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy (ALA 2018). (See the book study on this blog.) Judi earned the American Library Association's 2019 Scholastic Library Publishing Award.

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Artisan Librarianship According to Kristin Fontichiaro

At the Richardson-Plano (Texas) Library Expo, Kristin Fontichiaro was the keynote speaker and presented a session on the roles of the school librarian. (She is a clinical professor at the University of Michigan iSchool in Ann Arbor where she directs the school library program.) Kristin talked about school librarians as “artisans,” who match their programs to the needs of their unique learning environments. Below I summarized my notes from her session related to the roles of the school librarian but you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s a link to Kristin’s “Active Learning” blog where her Expo materials are posted: http://bit.ly/fontblog

From my notes:

These are the five roles Ms. Fontichiaro identified for school librarians.

1.    Cultural anthropologist (who identifies and connects to local needs)
2.    Peace Corps Worker (who provides service in the form of teaching others to fish)
3.    Strategic Technologist (who integrates value-added technologies when appropriate to learning objectives)
4.    Builder of Strong Schools (who recognizes the power and capacity of children) – and I would add of educators, too
5.    Advocate (who shows – rather than tells – and leads the way to an appropriate 21st-century education for all students)

I am wondering how many of these roles you perceive of as germane to building a culture of collaboration.

Work Cited

Featherwolf. “Mybread03.jpg.” MorgueFile.com. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/79180>.

This entry was posted in Collaborative Cultures and tagged , by Judi Moreillon. Bookmark the permalink.

About Judi Moreillon

Judi Moreillon, M.L.S, Ph.D., has served as a school librarian at every instructional level. In addition, she has been a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and district-level librarian mentor. Judi has taught preservice school librarians since 1995. She is currently an adjunct associate professor for the iSchool at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has taught courses in instructional partnerships and school librarian leadership, multimedia resources and services, children’s and young adult literature, and storytelling. Her research agenda focuses on the professional development of school librarians for the leadership and instructional partner roles. She has published four professional books; the most recent is Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy (ALA 2018). (See the book study on this blog.) Judi earned the American Library Association's 2019 Scholastic Library Publishing Award.

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