Reading some research by one of my PhD students got me thinking about school libraries and school culture. Writers on school libraries like me often push aspects such as advocacy, collaboration and marketing. This raises the question of school culture and whether these techniques can work in a school where there is no culture of library worth. In such a culture, the library (and the teacher/school librarian) is tolerated, occasionally praised and subject to individual as opposed to collective use by teachers but there is no culture of library worth i.e. the library has low value in the school and school policies often ignore the presence of the library. So what comes first for those libraries/librarians which are in a school where there is a culture of library worth – the culture or the advocacy/collaboration/marketing of the teacher librarian? There’s no simple answers here and for some teacher/school librarians, the key aim may be to raise the worth of the library in the school by making inroads into the culture.
Spring is more or less here in Scotland and after putting their green stems above ground a few weeks ago and then holding back because of low temperatures, the crocuses now feel confident enough to flower and to show off their yellows and purples. In historical terms, in ancient Greece, young women apparently would wear crocuses to show you men that their hearts were available but that’s maybe what you get when men write history? In the photo below, the crocuses look to me like young birds in a nest with gaping mouths or maybe the crocuses are just singing?