Our Member of the Month for May is Tammy Duncan. Tammy works at Prairie View Elementary in Enid, Oklahoma. She has been a school librarian for eight years.
We asked Tammy 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 love having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all elementary students. Knowing that students look forward to coming to the library to find their next reading treasure or just to get a hug and smile from me, makes what I do worth it!
Name one children's book that you couldn't live without in your library.
Oh' The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
Tell us why you decided to join the Elementary Librarian Community. What's your favorite thing about it?
I've been using Elementary Librarian for 5+ years. Not only are the lessons great springboards into helping make my time with students more valuable, I am able to get feedback from the chats with other librarians in a timely fashion.
What's the biggest challenge you're currently facing when it comes to your school library?
Finding current and relevant resources that can still be used today without upsetting anyone's beliefs and/or backgrounds.
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?
Utilize a library committee across different age, race, gender, parent, teacher, staff, and community member with neutral beliefs to be a sounding board and to advise on book and content selection. Final selection is made by the school librarian and administration but is helpful if a book or content is ever challenged to have a team in place.