Barbara Stripling and Jill Hurst-Wahl
This was a continuation of the discussion begun last year at the conference on recruiting people - especially K-12 teachers - who would like to become school media specialists (a.k.a. school librarians). In NYS, there continues to be a shortage of school media specialists. Every school media students is able to get a full-time job as a school librarian before graduation! The question is how can we (the LIS/school media graduate programs) attract more students who are interested in this career option? The answers are complex.
After a lively discussion, we invited each person to decide what s/he would do over the next eight months (in other words, before fall 2018) to recruit someone into the profession. We asked that when a person does what s/he promised to do, that the person post the "what" and the result (if appropriate) on the NYLA/SSL Facebook page.
By the way, the need to recruit more people to become school librarians exists in other U.S. states.