The job of a school librarian is far broader than it used to be, as Amanda LeBlanc can attest.
As librarian at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, LeBlanc works to foster a love of reading in her students, but also helps them become comfortable with technology.
“My primary role is still a teacher, it’s instruction with the students,” says LeBlanc, taking a break in the school library one recent morning. “My standards are information-literacy standards, so it’s really about learning how to learn. With our focus in the school being on problem-based learning, it partners really well with what librarians are supposed to do. It’s all project-based, focused on how we learn, how we process information.”
LeBlanc came to A.J. Whittenberg when it opened in 2010, after working as the library coordinator for the School District of Greenville County.
From childhood, LeBlanc loved the library, but she went to college to become an English teacher. After graduation from University of South Carolina, however, “I found my way back here again,” she says.
“When I graduated and was looking at my master’s program, the library program was recommended to me… Once I got in there and got into children’s literature and what school libraries did, I was stuck. I like all subjects and all grades, and love the technology, love the books. And it’s hard to fit that into one class. So this is the perfect setting because I get to do a little bit of it all.”
Students come to the library to work with LeBlanc as they need help with projects, and to check out books for pleasure, but they see her a minimum of once a week, she says.
Source: Greenville Online
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