Going back to school to become a media specialist

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  1. Iris1001

    Iris1001 Rookie

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    Aug 3, 2022

    Hello, everyone!

    I hope this post finds you all well and you are enjoying the summer. I have plans of going back to school to get my library science degree. I would love to switch careers and possibly become a media specialist at a high school. I figured the MLIS was a better investment since it can provide me with the opportunity to work in different libraries, if I wanted to make the change.

    Is anyone here a media specialist or teacher librarian? Words of wisdom or thoughts about the career? :D
     
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  3. vickilyn

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    I'm here in NJ and can say that I have never worked with a librarian that didn't do some teaching time with students, but more at the K-8 age range. Not something that I have seen in the high school setting, but all librarians "teach" at every school, even when not specifically called that. Teachers can always schedule librarian instruction, usually for specific projects and assignments. Hope it is all you want it to be - wouldn't hurt to do research on others who already have this degree, and see what it means and entails in a real school setting. There must be others with this degree that you could visit, interview, observe before investing the time and money. Good luck.
     
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    Aug 5, 2022 at 10:24 AM

    Many schools have "library class" where the students are dropped off and the librarian presents a lesson or leads the students in activities in the library. You don't just sit at the desk checking out books. Just be prepared because you seem to have issues working directly with students.
     
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    Aug 5, 2022 at 6:17 PM

    Thanks so much, everybody! ❤️
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    Aug 7, 2022 at 3:44 PM

    Two of my friends are librarians. One is high school, and one is middle school. Both are veteran teachers. The high school librarian has sometimes taught a class, and has to cover a college class on days the professor isn’t there. She also takes care of all the Chromebooks for the school, which is a 1:1 district. Oh, and she coordinates all of the testing for the building.

    The middle school one teaches classes, coordinates all of the Chromebooks, produces a school newscast, produces the school newspaper, and does the yearbook. This year she will be the one who has to sub in the mornings if there aren’t enough subs.

    It seems like the time they spend on actual library jobs is minimal. Some districts are even hiring paras to run the library, so they don’t have librarians anymore.
     
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    Aug 7, 2022 at 7:07 PM

    I may be fortunate, but there are a ton of public libraries in my area. Every city seems to have one or two. The county has a few spread around. And the schools have libraries of thier own when they aren't close to a city or county one they can share. And I have worked at a company or two that have kept specialized libraries of their own. Once you think about it they seem to be everywhere. As far as personnel goes, I don't know how saturated the market is, but there seem to be enough places.
     
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    Aug 8, 2022 at 7:17 AM

    My friend had a hard time finding a school library job because they kept making cuts and that position was always the first to go. They just put a library aid in there to help students check out books. They also had student volunteers to shelve books to save money.
     

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