Just a School Librarian

Thoughts of a Middle School Librarian


Hello, my name is Christine Gibson and I have been teaching in the Bronx since 1989.

I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lehman College, and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Queens College.  I also have a Master’s Degree in Public Health, but that’s another story!

For the first 13 years of my teaching career, I was an elementary classroom teacher. Then I was a teacher assigned to an early childhood library for 5 years. It was then that I returned to college and earned my Masters in Library Science. Careerwise, it was the best thing I ever did. Now I manage and teach in a middle school library. Careerwise, this was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Middle school students are awesome. They remind me of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Like the stealth Ninjas, they can be swift and deadly; yet they are cute, clumsy and hard-to-reach, like turtles in the shell.

What kind of school librarian am I? Well, I am not your grandmother’s librarian.  I know that students are social learners, and that means it gets noisy in here at times.   Speaking of learning, as the librarian, I consider myself as Lead Learner. I learn with my students. I reflect on my instruction and on my learning.

My favorite activities include traveling, exercising, reading, and helping my students and teachers with their research.  I especially want my students to become information literate and life-long readers.

April 29, 30 and May 1, 2010 Albany, New York

I was a Presenter at the SLMS conference.

To see stuff I used for my presentation click here.