‘MTSU On the Record’ explores student-centeredness...

‘MTSU On the Record’ explores student-centeredness of school librarians

The dedication of school librarians was the topic of discussion on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program. 

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Karen Reed, an associate professor in MTSU’s James E. Walker Library, first aired Nov. 26 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation above.

Dr. Terri Tharp, Department of Special Education

Dr. Terri Tharp

Dr. Karen Nourse Reed, assistant professor, James E. Walker Library

Dr. Karen Reed

Reed and her co-author, Terri Tharp, an associate professor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education, received the L. Anne Clyde Memorial Research Award for the best paper at the International Association of School Librarianship Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The conference took place Oct. 21-25.

Their research, “Demonstration of Teacher Citizenship Behavior by School Librarians through Work and Volunteer Service,” outlines what motivates K-12 school librarians to go the extra mile and provide services outside the scope of their defined duties.

College of Education logo“Their emotional connectedness to their colleagues, to their students, to the profession itself, were extra motivators,” Reed said.

“At times, when there were other factors that impeded librarians’ ability to connect to the students, to their colleagues, that took away from their ability to go above and beyond, unfortunately.”

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For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.