I have finally found some time to go and look at some other cpd23 blogs and the remarkable thing that strikes me is how often everyone mentions the 'isolation' of the job and the concern that no-one else is going to be interested in what they have to say. Now I realise that often librarians are stereotyped as 'shrinking violets' but I thought we had outgrown that image a long time ago. Is it because, working in a school, we cannot be categorised easily? For most of us, we fall somewhere between Support Staff and Academic Staff (I know some are lucky enough to be fully accepted as teaching staff and I envy you!) and our jobs are rarely understood. At lunch the other day, a member of our Support Staff (of which I am also classed as one) commented how quiet the Library must be now that the public examinations have started!!!
How many times have other members of staff been surprised to hear of your library qualifications?
If there are no pupils in the Library, we must be sitting around reading books as we have nothing else to do.
I fear I should change the name of my blog to 'Rants from a school librarian' but, if nothing else, all these cpd23 blogs are helping us realise we are not alone!