Finishing Your First Year as a #TeacherLibrarian

June 15, 2015 at 8:00 am

“With the school year drawing to a close, you are probably exhausted and exhilarated.  If you had not know it before, being a school librarian is a demanding job.  But before you begin assessing your first year, there are still hurdles to overcome.  What you will face is more complex than the classroom routine of posting grades, collecting textbooks, and saying good-bye to classes.  You must close the library while still meeting the needs of teachers and students.”

~ Weisberg, H.K, & Toor, R.  (2015).  Looking back, looking forward: Wrapping up your first year as a school librarian.  American Libraries, 46(6), 56-59.  Available from

Finishing your first year as a Teacher-Librarian is an exciting, busy time!  This article offers guidance on the following end-of-year tasks for TLs:

  • Inventory for automated and non-automated systems
  • Overdue and lost materials
  • Final tasks
  • Self-assessment
  • Keeping your enthusiasm high

Of course, every school district has different guidelines and processes for TLs to follow.  You can read the TDSB checklist  in the latest release of the What’s Happening @Your LLC #15. This article offers best practices advice and thoughts to consider alongside the specifications set by your district.

This article is available to the public for online reading at  At the top left, click read print version to open a digital copy of the magazine, or click download PDF.

Contributed by Lauren, Reference and Digital Resources Librarian, TDSB Professional Library


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