At the risk of being repetitive...
Teacher Librarian Advocacy is useless, there is no way anyone in
government could possibly justify throwing good money after bad by
propping up this outdated profession. Why would I say such a thing? Lets
take as an example the members of our profession, not the best and
brightest (every profession, trade and vocation has superb
practitioners) for they are not examples of the whole. No, lets examine
the general 'body behind the circ desk' if you will. This person is a
moron, trapped behind outdated technology (bitching and moaning about
the death of the roneo file) and wishing for the good old days when the
library was quiet (wood panelled and probably lit by gas lamps).
Lets think back over the last few months about all the hard work
people (many of them on this list) have been putting in. Telling the NSW
state government that school principals should NOT be able to take TL
money and use it to pay a mere tech specialist. Using the best practice
examples of our members to demonstrate all that should (and could) be.
How a library can lift a whole school and the TL can drive test scores
up, participation up and so much more besides.
Now imagine that Barry O'Farrell (persuaded by this impassioned
plea) decided that today was the day he would investigate further. Today
he would visit our newsgroup and make sure he was fully up to speed on
He'd not only allow principals to fire their TLs he'd damn well make
it compulsory. And he'd possibly bulldoze all the libraries and sow the
ground with salt into the bargain. Then (if he had any sense) he would have us all neutered
in order to ensure we didn't reproduce.
Now, I know I have moaned about this sort of thing on here before (and before that).
But I can not believe what I have been reading here the last couple of
days. How can anyone expect to convince people that our profession
should be allowed to be responsible for teaching students to navigate
the digital world when it would seem the average member of our
profession thinks 'the cloud' is something to yell at.
How can anyone tell me that teacher librarians have a role to play in
digital citizenship and helping young people navigate the complexity of
social media when we as a group are completely unable to deal with a
WONDERFUL and SEAMLESS transfer of our discussion list to an updated
Oh, and putting the snark aside for a moment. Thanks to all involved for the upgrade.
where was I? Oh yes, people getting their knickers in a bunch about the
'new'. The 'new' is what we do folks. We should not sound like a group
of 13 year old girls who have just found out that Facebook has done a
redesign. "I liked it better before" This is not the voice I expect from
major stakeholders in the knowledge economy.
Don't like it? Don't want to be on the list any more? Then UNSUBSCRIBE YOURSELF! Stop asking the rest of us to do it for you.
to complain that there are too many emails? Complain to your spouse or
psychiatrist because the reason there are too many emails is because you
keep emailing the whole list to complain there are too many emails. I
don't care! I can't do anything about it, I am just a member of the list
myself. The wonderful free and informative list, which no one forced to to join and, no one is stopping you from leaving.
But please, for the love of all that is sane, shut up and let this list
go back to discussing the things that allow me to do my job with a bit
more flair than I would if not for this amazing brains trust.
Discussions about Olympic copyright, the best picture books, readers
advisory methodologies, new books for the national curriculum and even
clickview requests (if you must).
Want to complain about the upgrade? Go right ahead. As I librarian I found the link for you http://oztlnet.com/contact-us/ (just like I found the unsubscribe link up above).
Is there some OZTL protocol that says I am not allowed to take the email
addresses of the next 5 people who mindlessly ask to be unsubscribed and
send them to all the Nigerian scammers whose messages reside in my SPAM
I mean, I know it is unethical, but is it specifically banned? Because at this point in time that seems like perfectly rational behaviour.