Deeth Ellis is the Head Librarian at Boston Latin School in Boston, MA, and a Doctoral Student, School of Library Science, Simmons University
“Voices of Decision Makers,” the qualitative portion of Project S.L.I.D.E. and the final phase of a three-year national study funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services will be published this summer. Lead researchers Deb Kachel and Keith Curry Lance will provide an analysis of the data from 50 interviews conducted with school and district leaders in 39 states on their decision making processes related to the staffing of school libraries (Steere & Ellis, 2023).
Colleen Simpson is the Library Media Specialist at Lester J. Gates Middle School in Scituate, MA
I have a confession, I love research. I mean I really love discovering the answer to something, but, even more, I love the hunt. I love the process. I love finding an answer for myself and for other people. I even love the humbling feeling of learning that what I thought I knew was either incomplete or totally incorrect. And what I love most of all: there is always more to discover about any subject.
This may seem obvious. One typically assumes that librarians like research, but like most educators I think a lot about my own motivations when considering the student’s motivation. This balance is particularly challenging in middle school when there is less extrinsic motivation than high school. As a staff we are regularly talking about what drives a student, where their interests lie and how we can harness that motivation into the classroom.