This post originally appeared at Librarian in Progress as part of an assignment for class.
A lot of the points raised in chapters four and five of Management Basics for Information Professionals (2013) reminded me of what I was taught while working towards my Secondary Education Licensure during my undergraduate degree.
Chapter four’s focus on the planning process helped give me insight into how to manage more than just a classroom. I found myself thinking back to my teaching internship and how we used a lot of the steps in the strategic planning process in the classroom. Common core standards served as our mission statements and, to some extent, our goals while the policies were laid out by the school, our placement teachers, and the educational legislation in place. Many of our procedures were strategies taught to us in the course of our degrees and could be found in our lesson plans and the activities we did in class, as well as what we expected the students to do outside of class, were our programs.
What really tied the comparisons between the steps in managing our classrooms and those in managing libraries was the difference between accountability and responsibility outlined in chapter five. Evans and Alire (2013) say directly “Responsibility is what you ought to do, whereas accountability is being answerable for an action.” (pp. 118) This distinction was especially important in the classroom as teachers are constantly told to hold students accountable, but not often told to hold them responsible. Part of why I seek a change from teaching into information systems stems from this distinction and how I, as an educator, wished things were handled in the classroom.
Evans, G.E., and Alire, C. A. (2013). Management basics for information professionals (pp. 85-128). London: Facet.