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Helipcopter Librarians. August 30, 2012

Filed under: School Libraries — librarypaula @ 10:47 pm
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This article has prompted some fairly intense comments and feedback.
While I think the idea of having students text in the middle of the night for research help, is completely ridiculous, and I will NEVER wear a pirate costume, there were parts of this article that spoke to me.
Some teenagers do feel naturally comfortable in a library setting and make full use of the all the resources, staff included.
Others though, are more tentative- they may not have an established reading or library culture in their home lives, so embedding libraries into their lives is not something they’ve seen role modelled.
And, we probably all know of a scarey librarian or two throughout our teen years that could have put us off libraries for good, I certainly do!
I think there is a place for a mild to moderate dose of Helicopter Librarian-ing, in the lives of some of our students “This is a holistic approach to a human interaction based on individuality and genuine compassion”

I’d take a leaf out of Celia Lashie’s book: He’ll be OK, and say that at some stage “we (librarians) have to get off the bridge”, and let them walk on their own.
As long as they (the students) know we’re there for them- to refer back to and ask for supprt, I think we can say we’ve done a good job.

Thinking about the costume idea again , I did read that Batgirl was a Librarian!

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