This is my newest blog, and this time, it’s about making connections. I have another blog, Bibliocity, where I do reader advisor book summaries. I call it Bibliocity for two reasons. First, most people are familiar with the Greek root “biblio” which means book. I chose “city” because it means “a place or situation characterized by a specified attribute” (Google definition). Combine the two together, and you get a place for book summaries. Second, I was a teenager in the 80s when The Police came out with Synchronicity and Bibliocity made me think of great music AND connecting things.
For Bibliodidaskalos-ity (biblio-di-das-ka-los-ity), I inserted didáskalos, which means teacher in Greek. To get technical, I think I am a didáskalissa, but that would have meant the blog’s name, which is already crazy, would end in “issa-city” and I prefer the sound of “os-ity”.
So connections. Teacher librarians have to be really good at this. They connect students to information, teachers to information, and often wear other hats besides. They are tech coaches, professional development leaders, curriculum developers. They have to be up-to-date with subject area standards and technology. They are reader advisors, champions of all kinds of literacies. That makes them superstars and superheroes on school campuses.