Today's Member of the Week is Bobbie Licking. Bobbie works at Mullen Public Schools in Mullen, Nebraska. She has been a school librarian for 3 years.
We asked Bobbie some questions about her experience as a school librarian and we would like to share them with you.
What's your favorite thing about your job as a school librarian?
I get to see all the students from Kindergarten to Seniors in high school. I also teach elementary keyboarding and research; skills they can take with them long after elementary and high school. I've been in our school system for 20 years, previously as a 5th grade teacher, so I also know what teachers are looking for to support curriculum.
Name one children's book that you couldn't live without in your library.
Tell us why you decided to join the Elementary Librarian Community. What's your favorite thing about it?
I love reading and I believe there is a perfect book out there for every man, woman, and child. If a person doesn't love reading then they just haven't found that one book yet.
What's the biggest challenge you're currently facing when it comes to your school library?
Time and scheduling! There just isn't enough time to accomplish a skill and check out books. I also dislike not having the time for a read aloud.
If you could give one piece of advice to a brand new school librarian (or someone considering becoming a school librarian), what would it be?
Get to know your collection. This is a hard task because there are so many resources in the library, but once you know your collection, getting to know your students and books they will love and want to check out will be easy and fun.