Teacher-librarians possess an education degree and have additional university classes specialized in library studies. This field of work requires academic preparation, classroom teaching experience and interpersonal skills.
Teacher-librarians are educators that teach K-12 students information literacy and research skills. Teacher-librarians are involved with reading programs and help initiate children to books and reading.
Teacher-librarians work one on one with teaching staff in schools to plan educational programs that involve students in the meaningful use of information resources. They teach students to locate information, judge information quality, organize and synthesize information, as well as handle conflicting information. The work of a teacher-librarian is important in the information age.
A good teacher-librarian possesses both personal and professional skills. He/she must be an educator, a specialist in learning materials and the curriculum, an administrator, a communicator, and a manager of technical processes.
One teacher-librarian states: "The best part of being a teacher-librarian is that it is never boring. No two days are the same. Different curriculum areas need different approaches to instruction. Units evolve over time and can take interesting twists."
Those interested in training to become a teacher-librarian can get their Bachelor of Education degree in Saskatchewan. They may then take additional classes in library studies through the University of Alberta.