Any librarians out there?

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  1. pi lover

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    I am looking for a career change. I have been thinking about pursuing the certification necessary to become a school librarian. I was wondering if any librarians could share some information about their job to give me more to think on. For instance, do you have much work to actually take home with you? I'm trying to avoid having too much to do in the evenings and on weekends because I need more time with my family. I love kids and teaching, but I need something with less paperwork outside of school hours. Would a library job accomplish that?
     
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    my sister is a media specialist. One thing she said was that the positions are hard to come by as there is only ONE per school site. She spends the majority of her time with budgeting and ordering. There are deadlines with the orders that she said is the most stressing as once the paper work leaves her hands, it then passes thru many other hands and deadlines are tight at times.
    Make sure you are aware of the extra duties such as morning announcements or TV Studio etc...
     
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    If there aren't any librarians here if you get onto school web sites I am sure you can find email address for librarians. It can't hurt to email them. They don't have to reply if they don't want to.

    http://www.saco.org/Union7/Schools/Young/contacts.html

    http://www.oobschools.org/jameson/staff.htm

    I just found some for Missouri to. I dont want to post email address on here. But if you go to www.schoolsprings and put in Missouri you can get district websites than find an email address. Usually all email address are the same with in a district.
    So if it's first letter last name at warsaw.k12.mo.us
    You can find out the name and put it into the address. That is what I did last summer when trying to find jobs at different schools. I just emailed principals. Maybe I'm a little pushy?
    Anyway can't hurt to try.
     
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    Hi Jamie,
    My daughter is a children's librarian at our local library. She began working there when she was just 14! She is almost finished with her certification through Univ. of Maine online program. If you would like to "talk" with her, email me your address and I will send it to her. She had wanted to be a teacher while growing up, but changed her mind after being in the classroom; politics etc., being the deciding factor. Since she loves being with children, and loves books, she stuck with the library. You won't get rich in our area, but being a teacher, you know about that. She loves her job. A lot of planning for story time and the summer reading program, but no too much to bring home, unlike we teachers. Let me know if you want to speak with her.
     
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    Thanks for the input everyone! Our school librarian is getting close to retirement. I've taught in the district in the same position for 13 years. I know I'd have a lot to learn to pursue this, but on the surface it seems like a good fit for me. I have no trouble with talking with our librarian directly, but she hasn't officially announced retirement yet. It may come this year, but it may not. I don't want to appear to be "pushing her out". Once it's "official" that she's leaving, I will be much more comfortable with discussing it with her.
     

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