Jobs Available For School Media Specialists??

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  1. isabunny

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    Hello! I received my teaching certificate many years ago, but am still out of the field. I have quite a few reasons why I never landed that perfect teaching job. The biggest reason was just bad timing. I moved to another state as the recession hit.

    Anyway, my reference letters are too old now, plus all my master teachers and college supervisor have left the profession. I am looking to still be able to use my hard earned degree in teaching, but not as a traditional classroom teacher. I am thinking of going back to college to get a Library Media Specialist Masters or Endorsement. Before I dive into college again, I would love to hear for those working in public schools, if they think jobs available for Media Specialists? My state, Georgia, requires the library to have a Media Specialist on staff, but I know all states do not have the same requirement.

    I am thinking going back to college will enable me to receive new reference letters. It will open the door to working in a school library with the practicum course helping me network. And I would seriously love to be a School Media Specialist!

    What are your thoughts??
     
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    I'm also considering the degree if for no other reason than personal interest. My state seems to often hire paras to run libraries, though. I worry schools might not want to pay masters salaries foe librarians.

    Still, I think it's possible to use the degree to market one's self.
     
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    In 2007 (when budget cuts started), we got rid of all Library Media Teachers. Back then, every site had a full-time LMT. It was awesome. Unfortunately, they were all forced back into the classroom since their positions were eliminated.

    Fast forward to 2015: this year, we have hired full-time LMTs! I am very eager to have a credentialed librarian at my site.

    Clarification: full-time Library Media Assistants (who earn the same pay as classroom paras) have manned our libraries for the last 8-9 years. Thankfully, they'll get to keep their jobs (even though we are hiring LMTs).
     
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    That is great news! I am originally from California and plan on moving back to the west coast at some point.
     
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    In our state (Idaho) Elementary and Middle school libraries are traditionally run by para-educators, however it is a state requirement to have a certified teacher at the High School level. That might be something that you could check into before going further.
     
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    "Real" librarians are a thing of the past in my state, across K-12. It's now a para position. Some districts have one person that kind of organizes things at the district level and manages the paras that run individual libraries. I believe there are some media specialists on the board, so there must be jobs somewhere...but I would be very worried about getting a whole other degree in something that most places seem to be cutting. Just because some states still have these positions doesn't mean they will in the future. Many schools in my area still had librarians as recent as 5 years ago or so.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I am really afraid to go through a program, only to find that I can't find a job in the field. At 44 years old, I don't have too many do-overs left in terms of career. I have had a horrible time trying to find out what my next move should be.
     

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