I have an interview Wednesday

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  1. idahomom

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    It is an elementary school Library Manager. The pay sucks, but I think I would really enjoy it. It sounds like there are several other certified people applying for the position. Do you have any ideas for possible interview questions that I may be faced with? Thanks for the help.

    Linda
     
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    What is a library manager? Will you be like a teacher assistant? Will your job just be to check in and out books and shelve them? OR will you also serve the role of the teacher and teach library skills?

    Will the library be automated? THey may ask you questions of whether or not you are familiar with their system. IF you dont have a library background then there may be questions about Dewey and keeping your library Media center in order. etc. If I know what exactlythat role that you are interviewing for, I may be able to help you out some more

    Either way Good luck, I have to library media specialist interviews on Wed. too!
     
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    The Library Manager is the only person working the school's library. So, the person is responsible for checking books in and out and maintaining them. She is responsible for ordering new books and also for holding at least one book fair during the year to raise money for additional books. I'm sure any budget will be minimal this year. She is also responsible for teaching some library skills to the students. Each class has a 30 minute "library specialist" period each week. So, that means, approximately twenty 1st through 5th grade classes each week. :blush:
     
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    wow,why would the pay suck then? Is it not on the teacher pay scale?

    Here are some questions you may get....
    What would a library lesson look like?
    How will you collaborate with teachers?
    How will you decide what books to order?
    What would you do if a parent were not happy with the book their child checked out?
    What would you do to encourage a reluctant reader to check out books?
     
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    What teaching experience do you have? were you in a classroom prior?
     
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    I agree - the pay is ridiculous for what they expect of the position.

    I have taught kindergarten and 4th/5th grade math. Last year I worked as a Literacy Aide with all grade levels.
     
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    Ok so that is some good experience under your belt.

    Are you familiar with the organization of a library...I have to admit that I was not 100% until I was in library school.

    Is it the district you have worked in?

    Is the library automated? If you're not sure, check the school library website and see if there is a link to OPAC.
     
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    I used to be familiar with the organization, but I do need to brush up on it today.

    Yes, this is the district I have worked in for the last 4 years. My teaching position was cut last year - and things don't look much better for next year. :(

    I am not sure what you mean by automated. I checked our website and don't see a link to OPAC. I know that all the books are bar coded and she (the librarian who just retired) has a scanner to check books in and out.
     
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    That is automated then, OPAC stands for Online Public Access Catalog...meaning instead of a card catalog to search for books the students do it on the computer...you can search from anywhere in the building or even from home at the districts around here becasue the "card catalog" is online. So teachers can click the opac link from their classroom to see if a book is checked in or not.

    In my opinion i would think that you working for the school would be an advantage for you...they would rather hire you for this position than lay you off right?

    Is it not required in your state to be certified though? thats the only thing that Im thinking may be a problem is if you are not certified as a library media specialist. I guess its diifferent state by state....do you have an interest to go back for your masters in library?
     
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    Here's one thing that has made our LMS stand out - she really communicates will all the teachers to make the library what we need it to be. Before she orders books, she sends out surverys asking what types of materials would supplement our currcirulum and if there are any books we would like to have in our library. She asks for copies of all our projects so she can pull books to help our students complete projects and to create displays to in support of our projects. She keeps track of all of our currcirulum to create displays and pulls books to encourage students to read what they are already studying. For instance, when I was teaching the WWI, she pulled non-fiction and fiction books covering WWI, and created a window display of WWI items.

    I don't know if you can fit any of these things into your interview but hope these ideas help

    Good Luck
     
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    Technically I am already "laid off" - so I don't know that that would help me out much. I get along really well with the principal and rest of the staff - but I know there are plenty of other aides from the district that are applying for this position also. Even though the pay isn't much, it is full-time and there are benefits. There are very few aide positions in our district that get more than 20 hours a week and even fewer get benefits.

    This position does not require any type of librarian certification. It is "desired" but not required. I'm almost done with my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction - only 2 classes to go, can't imagine paying for another Masters. :unsure:
     
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    Thanks INteacher - some great ideas, I will definitely try to incorporate some of that into my answers tomorrow!
     
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    I get the same pay as a classroom teacher! It is sad that some districts do not value their librarians.
    Anyway, what seemed most important in my interview was collaborating with teachers. There were also a few questions about classroom management and they wanted me to know that they hold bookfairs, have RIF days, and do a lot of A.R.
     
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    Thank you! I forgot about the AR books and managing that. I know she kept that up to date and gave out prizes to the kids.

    The pay starts at $10.40 per hour. :eek:
     
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    I found out that all the librarians in the district were given FLIP video cameras as part of a grant award. How would/could a librarian utilize a Flip camera as part of her position. Any innovative ideas - I'm not coming up with much and I have to leave here in about 2 hours. :eek:hmy::thanks:
     
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    Maybe you could suggest taping the students doing "booktalks" of their favorite books. I don't know if those cameras can take still shots but I saw an idea online about kids taking black and white photos of places in the school (not the bathroom) and then drawing a cartoon character to place on the photo like the artwork in Mo Willems book "Knuffle Bunny". I thought that was really cute.
     
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    * How about a PSA on how to use the library? Maybe run it over the school server or show it during library time?

    * Have students make videos about their favorite books and why to run again for the entire school or to just run in the library
     
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    I was going to say the students video eachother doing book reviews also. THey can also read a poem they have written and then play them for the class.

    We don't have AR here but I know in many districts that is huge!

    10.40/hr!!!!! That is so upsetting! and they 'DESIRE' certification, you would have to work 20 years just to pay for a masters in library!

    Good Luck though!!!!
     
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    Thank you! Fantastic ideas. My brain was just focusing on things to do IN the library - but they have video announcements on Friday mornings. Maybe I could show one short book review each Friday?
     
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    Oh that would be really cool, Im sure the students and teachers would love it!!!! What a way to promote literacy! That would be good for non fiction books that arent taken out as often too...you could have a the students tell a few facts about the topic and then hold up the book...have it go with an upcoming hoiday, etc. and show it on Friday!
     
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    You can call it "Friday's Fun Fact" or something like that!
     
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    Yes! Perfect! :2up:
     
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    It saddens and angers me that some people don't realize how valuable true and awesome library media specialists are! This "certification is desired but not required" stuff as well as these horrible wages make me cringe.

    I have to eat but I'll come back later and add any suggestions I can think of.
     
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    Are you back from the interview yet??? I want to know how it went!!!!
     
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    Back from the interview. Actually been back for a while, but I've been trying to get some housework done before DH gets home. :p

    The interview went well - I think I really impressed them with my ideas for use of technology and the Flip camera ( :) :thanks: ). They all said that they really liked the idea and I could tell that it was something new they hadn't heard before. They are interviewing about 9 people altogether, but the P said with the holiday weekend coming up, that he may not get back to everyone until next week. He walked me out and said that he would talk to me later. So ... the waiting starts.
     
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    Oh, good! I was thinking it was next Wednesday because I just skimmed the posts. Sounds great. Keep us updated! :)
     
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    Sounds hopeful!!
     
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    Sounds like it went well!
     
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    OH good! The waiting part stinks but it sounds positive!
     
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    Well, at least I didn't have to wait too long to find out. I didn't get the job. :( I took it pretty well though. I think I'm getting so used to the rejection calls that it doesn't even phase me.
     
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    I am sorry idahomom :(

    Any other prospects?
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that, but take it as a blessing! All of that work and responsibility for $10/ hr is INSANE!
     

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