Much has been written about the multi-faceted roles of a teacher librarian-ranging from an instructional partner, information specialist, information literacy teacher, curriculum leader, website developer, library manager, reading advocate and many other administrative roles. Of the many roles, the TL as a leader is one key role which will determine the success of the library in providing resources, information services and in supporting teaching and learning.
The article by Donham(2005) is very informative and pertinent to topic of TL leadership role. I learnt many new leadership concepts and terms in describing the leadership attributes such as strong leaders act from an ‘internal locus of control’ and take responsibility to make things happen.
The statement by Donham (2005, p. 297), “Leaders are can-do people who look to themselves to make programs great and inspire others to join in the enterprise” struck a chord as I could immediately relate the statement to a teacher-librarian (Katie Day) at the United World College (SEA) Singapore, whom I had the good fortune of working with during my 10-day placement in Nov 2011. Katie is an amazing ‘Librarian 2.0’ and an exemplary leader who has typified many of the leadership attributes described by Donham such as being technically competent, has strong conceptual and people skills. She is proactive, has ability to anticipate and problem solve exemplifying internal locus of control on many occasions!
Donham, J. (2005). Leadership in enhancing teaching and learning: a leadership guide for school library media specialists (2nd ed.). New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.