Bottom line…student achievement. If we as TLs make no impact on this then we are not worth a bean. There has been a lot of research proving that TLs do make a difference but as educational environments change and schools move towards becoming Information Literate School Communities what should we do?
Farmer (2007) notes that the following needs to be worked upon.
1. Address the collaborative needs of the community.
2. Demonstrate how library resources and services contribute to student achievement and how this can be optimised through collaboration.
3. Ensure that students have a rich collection of resources to address the needs of all.
4. Ensure our schools have qualified library staff.
5. Integrate information literacy throughout the curriculum.
6. Collaborate with the school community to provide a systematic program of teaching and learning.
7. Be proactive in supporting the community demonstrating what the library and the librarian can do for whole school achievement.
Evidence based practice obviously has a large role to play here. If we are to prove that we can make a difference we need to show we can through empirical research. Not only this though we need to embrace change. As schools change so should we. Yes we still need to be managers of resources and collection builders but we also need to ensure that our libraries are without walls and that we can provide the best and most appropriate resources for our teachers and students virtual or traditional.
On another matter here is an interesting paper on learning spaces from Farmer (2009), worth a read.