Possibly the most startling event to occur in 2010 was the decision by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) to adopt school librarian as the official name for our profession. The announcement, which came at the ALA Midwinter Conference held in Boston, has been received with mixed reactions (Staino, 2010). Some people lauded the decision, while others thought that the name change was a step backwards for the profession (Bunn, 2010; Nelson, 2010). While AASL is a guiding light for our profession, it is not the only organization with an interest in this issue. Both the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), who are both more technologically oriented than AASL, still include “media” in the job title.
- Bunn, A. (2010). Name change from media specialist to school librarian-moving forward? [Web log post]. Retrieved from February 20, 2010, from http://librarygarden.net/2010/02/20/name-change-media-specialist-to-school-librarian/.
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- Nelson, C. (2010, January 21). School librarian: Is the name change a step backwards? [Web log post]. Retrieved from Techno Tuesday, Cathy Nelson’s Professional thoughts at http://blog.cathyjonelson.com/?p=1124.
- Staino, R. (2010, January 21). AASL adopts ‘school librarian’ as official term for the profession. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6715763.html?industryid=47074.