#GoodTrouble In the School Library
Last year I had the opportunity to hear civil rights leader and author John Lewis speak (March, Across that Bridge). During this speech, Lewis talked about the "good trouble" he had found himself in over the years. "Good Trouble," for him meant standing up against what was unjust, unfair and not right.
Over my career as a school librarian I've worked in five schools where I've gotten myself into trouble for standing up for my students. My trouble has included:
- Engaging students and parents in advocating for the purchase of new books for the library program.
- Working with a team of teachers to stand up to an administrator and encouraging them to put "children, not employees first," in making decisions that would impact the learning community.
- Challenging district officials on the dismissal of certified librarians.
- Advocating for certified school librarians on a national level using social media.
Oh yes, I got into trouble and continue to do so. I don't regret any of my actions. Children's lives are at stake and the fight continues. As we all know, the school librarian can impact the emotional and social lives of the children they serve in so many ways, including:
- Guiding students to books of interest to them.
- Helping students apply 21st-century learning skills while navigating the internet.
- Maintaining a library environment that is a safe haven for any and all, without judgment.
Libraries are game changers and equalizers for school children/young adults, especially those living in poverty. I will continue to get into "Good Trouble," because our nation's children deserve it.
Today my colleagues and I discussed more "Good Trouble" and ways you can promote acceptance and diversity, social justice and inclusion in your library during a webinar through Follett Community. I hope you'll watch the recording of "Promoting Inclusion, Social Equity and Diversity in the Library" and comment on the important I had with Craig Seasholes, Michelle Martin and author Lynda Mullaly-Hunt.
K.C. Boyd is a Lead Librarian for the East St. Louis School District in East St. Louis, IL., where she advocates heavily for school librarians. She is a proponent of street literature for teens and she has given presentations for librarians and teachers at the local, state and national levels. K.C. is a reviewer for the Street Lit. Book Award Medal, serves on the advisory board for Booklist Online and is an advisor for EveryLibrary.org. Previously, K.C. held library positions at the elementary, high school and administration levels for Chicago Public Schools, and as an adjunct professor of Library Information Science at Chicago State University and Dominican University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Dominican University’s Library Information Science program. Please follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @Boss_Librarian.
- Promoting Inclusion, Social Equity and Diversity in Your Library
- Levithan’s Every Day: Taking Diversity Literally by Dr. Michelle Martin
- Celebrating and Collaborating with Colleagues by Craig Seasholes
Originally posted January 18, 2017 / Updated January 27, 2017