The Disruptive Librarian

This site and blog has been a long time in the making. I had the idea to start a blog and a website several years ago to chronicle my adventures as a library media specialist. I thought it would be a great way to look back at the many projects, students, and staff I’ve had the privilege of working on and with throughout the years. Little did I know that it would take me this long to sit down and make this dream a reality. First, it was about picking a new “handle.” I have gone by Young_Librarian on Twitter for years, but that name never quite fit for my grand plans for a blog and new website. I then started asking friends and colleagues for words that described me and though I received many great ideas (innovative, vibrant, WYSIWYG, daring, bibliotechie, etc.), nothing really hit hard enough for me be inspired. Until the word disruptive came along.

I was actually working for INFOhio at the time and we were discussing the theme for our staff retreat. One of my co-workers had been listening to a TED Talk and heard the word disruptive being used as a positive force in the world of business – so why not also use that word in education?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, disruptive is defined as: “disrupting or tending to disrupt some process, activity, condition, etc. causing or tending to cause disruption.” When most hear this word, they think of all the negative connotations behind the word – a child interrupting while their parent is talking, a pet knocking over a glass of soda and spilling it all over the couch – these are all disruptions to our lives.

I want to take a positive spin on the word disruptive. Disruptive can also mean innovative or groundbreaking. A few synonyms are: inventive, original, novel, fresh, unconventional, unprecedented, experimental. Aren’t all of these what we should be doing in education? It is time to become all of these things and disrupt the status quo. Shake things up a little. A lot!

I am not your conventional school librarian. I do not shush people. I do more than check out and check in books. I try to bring a fresh approach to teaching and learning on a daily basis. I love literature and technology and combining the two. I think the best thing we can do for our students is to experiment with our teaching and lessons – and to show them it’s okay to try and fail. Failure is the best teacher.

So, welcome to my journey as the Disruptive Librarian. Hold on to your seat!

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