What do you picture when you think of a librarian? If you have an image in mind of this little old woman, stamping books in her half-rimmed glasses, then you would be one of many still drawing on this archetype. Many people today would be surprised by how much librarians have shifted from the stereotype I just described. In fact, we’ve changed so much that the title “librarian” barely applies anymore.

Now, with so much technology as an interwoven part of a library’s infrastructure, my fellow ex-librarians and I are more frequently referred to as “media specialists,” though I sometimes go...

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  • About the Author:

    Sheryl Parker is a Library Media Specialist at Southside Middle School in Tallassee, Alabama. Upon graduating from college at Auburn, she earned a Master’s degree in Education with a Library Certification. She can be reached at sheryl.parker@tcschools.com.