As I mentioned downstream, as of January 1, 2008, the library media services credential will begin calling us "Teacher-Librarian." To be honest, I was not sure if I like the change.
One interesting note is that when I posted about it on CALIBk-12, I received two emails from people who are quite connected in the California school library world and neither had heard anything about it. It does not seem like much input was sought.
Let me tell you my take as of today:
1. I won't have to explain what I do anymore. When I talked with three people outside the library world, they all immediately got it (and didn't necessarily get the whole LMT thing).
2. It brings us more in line with what some other places in the U.S. are doing.
3. In my district, the paras are Library Media Technicians which also equates to LMT.
4. Other people in the library world (public, academic, etc.) are all librarians. No alternative title needed.
People do like the whole LMT designation after their names, though. That's a reality.
Ultimately, I am okay with it. It will be interesting, though, to see how quickly districts adapt with changing job descriptions. Or, and this is important, if they will adapt. I suspect there is no requirement that they follow a CTC designation. Also, it will be interesting to see if library folks will adapt.
One interesting piece of this, it seems, is that the title change happens when new credentials are issued or when credentials are renewed. Does this mean that for a while we will have people with two different titles? Sounds like it.
I am more than a little curious what others think now that the news is a little older.