The Bionic Librarian
The school librarian needs to be almost bionic to meet the needs of today's learners. This is part of a longer video I produced about Classroom Teacher and Librarian collaboration.
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Added: 1 year ago
[scene opens with Dr. Loopy speaking directly to the camera]
DR. LOOPY: Today's librarian has new tools, designed to help students become lifetime learners. No longer just a gatekeeper of books ...
[a black and white image of an old-time female librarian sitting behind a desk appears behind him, with the sound of a woman screaming]
DR. LOOPY: No, today's librarian is an educator! Today, all school librarians teach information literacy, work to be an instructional partner, are an information resource, and an advocate for children and for free reading.
DR. LOOPY: Let's take a look at each one of these ... Y'know, in a sense, the librarian has been broken down, and built back up and given new tools. Rebuilt, and made better.
[he strokes his chin, as the screen fades to black and the theme from "The Bionic Woman" plays]
The following information
Clearance Authorization Level 6
Name: Antonia Tejas
Past Profession: Teacher
Present Profession: Librarian
[cut to Antonia (wearing a stereotypical librarian dress with grey-haired wig and thick glasses), insterspersed with stock footage of a plane crashing]
NARRATOR: When an experimental aircraft crashed, hitting Steven Austin Elementary School, it caused a terrible shelving accident in the library.
[cut to books falling off the shelf, then to a shot of Antonia covered in books, only her hand visible (as well as her glasses tossed to the side)]
NARRATOR: The librarian, Antonia Tejas, was secretly rushed to the US Air Force base where she underwent an experimental life-saving procedure.
[cut to footage from the "Bionic Woman" TV show, as "Operational Procedure: Bionic Replacement" flashes on screen]
NARRATOR: The procedure enhanced her, made her better than she was ...
[cut to Antonia flipping through a book]
NARRATOR: The bionic implants would allow her to hear students' needs clearly.
[cut to Antonia crushing an egg in her bare hands]
NARRATOR: Enhanced reflexes allowed her swift keyboard action.
[cut to Antonia covering one eye with her hand, then drawing a cat stick figure on a piece of paper (as the doctor reveals that the image being covered by a piece of cardboard was the exact same cat stick figure)]
NARRATOR: Her improved vision allowed her to swiftly pick out those having problems locating books or information.
[cut to Antonia running in front of a green screen depicting a highway]
NARRATOR: Her new legs would allow her to be in two places at once.
["Starring Antonia Tejas as The Bionic Librarian" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: She has become a secret weapon in the fight for information literacy. She is ... The Bionic Librarian!
[cut to Antonia (wearing a red shawl, long black skirt, and glasses) standing in a school library]
NARRATOR: Today's episode ... "A Day in the Library!"
[cut to a pair of young girls sitting in front of a laptop]
GIRL 1: I can't find anything about elephants.
GIRL 2: Well, why don't you try Google? There'll probably be something there.
GIRL 1: Okay.
[she opens Google in the laptop's browser, then cut to Antonia with a determined look on her face]
NARRATOR: Using her bionic eye implant, the librarian can see trouble coming and help students find valid information.
[cut to a closeup of the Google home page, as "Google alert! Student needs help!" flashes on screen]
[cut to Antonia jumping over the card catalog (with the "bionic" sound effect), then reaching over the girl and changing the browser to the library's website]
LIBRARIAN: Try the databases! There's lots of valid information about elephants, and even a reference you can print, and photos!
["Databases are a great way to search. Available at every school!" appears on screen]
GIRL 1 & GIRL 2: Thanks, modern librarian!
["Later ... " appears on screen, then cut to the girls browsing the bookshelves]
GIRL 1: Now that Harry Potter's done, I can't find anything else to read ...
[cut to Antonia putting a hand to her ear]
NARRATOR: The librarian's bionic ear allows her to overhear both student and teacher information needs.
[she runs over to the girl]
LIBRARIAN: Are you interested in reading more about fantasy and magic?
GIRL 1: No, more about boys!
LIBRARIAN: This way ...
[she leads her off camera, then cut to Antonia typing on her computer (in super fast motion)]
NARRATOR: Her advanced arms give her superhuman reflexes, to locate anything quickly.
GIRL 2: She types so fast, it's like lightning! And thunder!
GIRL 1: Yeah!
[cut to the girls looking at the laptop]
GIRL 1: There's nothing new to do on the computer ...
[cut to Antonia running in slow motion]
NARRATOR: The librarian's enhanced brain kicks in, calling up a list of the most modern internet tools and tips.
[she stops in front of the laptop]
LIBRARIAN: Not true! Have you tried wikis? Blogs? Podcasts? RSS feeds? Web 2.0? Second Life?
["Ask your librarian about these and more!" appears on screen, then cut to Antonio holding a book in each hand as the little girl vigorously shakes her head]
NARRATOR: And finally, for that difficult to please student, an added feature ... a third arm.
[a third arm appears and hands the girl a different book, which she happily accepts]
GIRL 2: Yay, thank you!
[the third arm waves goodbye, as the screen fades to black]
Elementary librarian Doug Valentine, a.k.a. Dr. Loopy, a member of our TeacherLibrarianNing, recently posted three very clever, tongue-in-cheek videos about school libraries and school librarians. I later discovered that these are but three of his many funny efforts posted on TeacherTube.
He's given us some great models for new productions and some entertaining material for inservices.
* Agent Codee Books fights an evil Lexile character who prevents children from reading books they themselves choose
* Blind Date explores classroom teacher/librarian collaboration in reality television, pop-up video style
* Bionic Librarian shares an updated librarian image, with an outstanding super power: collaboration.