Today, more than ever, the presence of Black librarians is crucial. As part of my work this month, I’ve chosen to highlight the work of Black librarians who work with youth or youth literature. K.C. Boyd, a 2015 Library Journal ‘Library Mover and Shaker, has worked over 20 years in three different school districts. In these positions, she’s battled for Student choice, the right to read, for Student access to technology and even for school libraries themselves. Librarianship is truly a vocation for K.C..
Name: K.C . Boyd
Library: Jefferson Academy – Washington D.C.
What book(s) are you currently reading? What They Don’t Learn in School : Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth by Jabari Mahiri
What’s the magic in being an African American school librarian? Working in today’s school libraries is not for the weak; it is a roller coaster of events, emotions and threats to our very existence within the schoolhouse. Despite these challenges, I have personally experienced a vibrant magic while providing service to my students. Connecting them to books that resonate with their unique experience in the world is the driving force in making me work harder and harder. Moreover, this connection with my students has taught me how to dream bigger and strive to fulfill those dreams so that they will have positive experiences while visiting the library. Service to others is the foundation that all of us adhere to in library information science. Exposing my students to literature and technology that they may not have personal access to and observing their enjoyment of it gives me abundant joy. I love my job serving as a school librarian because it is simply the best job on the planet! Getting into #GoodTrouble is worth it because my students deserve the very best.
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