Library Media Jobs

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  1. teresaglass

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    I have another suggetion for all of you job seekers. Right now there is a critical shortage of school librarians. You need to have a teaching credential and pursue a library media credential to qualify. Look into education programs to see if they have library media programs. You may have to get an emergency credential and go to school but running the school library is a nice job. I am considering it myself as I have a master's degree in library science as well as a teaching credential. Also you could apply to be a library clerk for a school to get your foot in the door. One of my friends who is an English Teacher is taking classess and is planning to switch to this field. Good luck everyone.! Terry G.
     
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    Yep, this is my dream.... Once I can afford it.... that is, first I have to get a classroom, and then I have to get into the program.... It is part of my 4 year goal. :) And the great thing about it is, Univ. Of SC is one of the few in the southeast that offer the MLIS and Media specialist degrees.... there's apossibility of getting both if ya finagle it right :D
     
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    Wow! I have been thinking for a couple of weeks now about changing careers from teaching middle school math to working as a librarian. The problem is that I don't know for sure what all it entails. It is probably different for different schools, but our school has someone else on staff to handle most of the technology problems. I love reading and I would enjoy doing lessons with the elementary students. I am feeling pretty burned out with my current position. I'm looking for something that would involve less time spent in the evenings and weekends away from my familiy and their activities. There's so much stress in trying to get the students to perform at certain levels on achievement tests. It takes soooo much time to do a really good job and I'm TIRED! :) Are there any librarians out there who could share what their typical responsibilities are?
     
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    This library media job is okay, but I'd rather be in a classroom. My mom's suggested going through a program for Library Science at Dominican University (the average salaray for a librarian is $50,000 right now) just in case I can't ever get into a classroom like I want to and, to be honest, I've been giving it some thought over the past few days.

    One of the full-time LAs just started a Master's in Library Science in case she can't ever get back into the classroom as a music teacher and even suggested I consider it as well.

    To be honest, I'll have to think about it some more.

    The K-5 school librarian I work under is responsible for the school library much in the same way a non-school librarian is. She orders new books, pulls out-of-date books off the shelf, trains the LTs, check books in and out, helps shelve, works on bulletin boards, sets up book displays, reads to the older kids at story time, and even collaborates with the other school librarians in the districts. She also oversees the Reading Counts program and helps the BFA (our PTO equivalent) with the Boxtops For Education Program. Our school librarian is alo a part of the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) and goes down to Stickney, IL once a year to help choose the next Caudill book winners.

    I may not be a librarian, but after working as a PT LA for the past couple of months, I have a pretty good idea of what they do!
     
  6. runsw/scissors

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    This is really interesting. I have been thinking of doing this, but held back because jobs seem limited in number (one position for each school at most) and I don't want to price myself out of future classroom jobs. I also just finished paying off my student loans and now want to tackle credit card debt.
     
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    Elizabeth 1977 IS there any way you could go both for teaching and library science? I think your mother's suggestion is good. Anyway let us know what you decide. I applied for a library technician position at my favorite district. I worked as a librarian before I became a teacher. Terry G.
     
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    In many areas here, full-time school librarians are becoming a thing of the past. There is a teacher (with additional library qualifications) assigned to the library, with most of the same responsibilities as Elizabeth_1977 mentioned. However, the "library" portion of the job is usually not full-time, and the librarian often needs to have other teaching responsibilities as well--ESL, booster groups, primary science, etc. As far as library technicians--parent volunteers serve this role in elementary schools.
     
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    I suppose so, but it'd be expensive to do both of them and I already have a large debt to my name for trying to get a Master's in History, which I never got because I decided to flip-flop into education.
     
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    I was not aware of this. I was under the impression that it was necessary to have a library/media specialist, especially if you wanted state accredidation. Is this true all over?
     
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    MrsC said, "in many jobs here." You have to remember, she's in Canada and thus state accredidation will not apply to her - just provincial accredidation. What may be there may not necessarily be true in the States.
     

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