[Library Media] Start Over Again -- Every Year

Melanie Peterson melanie.peterson at loganschools.org
Tue Oct 23 11:07:56 MDT 2018


Sorry but your comment is offensive to those of us who are classified but
doing a better job than some certified librarian teachers.  I have been
told multiple times how much better our library is now versus when our
school had a full time teacher librarian. Now maybe that is not a fair
comparison because I am a certified teacher who quit teaching for 15 years
while my family was young, and now I choose to do this part time rather
than teach full time, but I work with 5 other fabulous media specialists in
our district that I believe would stack up to any licensed librarian. Our
problem is the lack of time to spend in our libraries because we have
multiple responsibilities. Not only do we teach media classes and run our
libraries we have lunch and recess duty, we teach classes while teachers
have team meetings, we progress monitor students, we run small groups for
teachers and the list goes on and on. So maybe the problem is the media
specialists are doing too good of a job.
Melanie Peterson
Media Specialist
Ellis Elementary

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 6:23 AM <georgeweight at integrity.com> wrote:

> Still fighting for recognition. When I was on the board of UELMA, serving
> as its president for one year, we lobbied the legislature heavily to keep
> funding for school libraries. Our efforts resulted in getting funding
> stabilized, resulting in several thousand dollars retained by our district
> that otherwise would have been cut.
> Did I get any recognition? No--just criticism for being away from school
> to perform lobbying efforts and pressure to replace me with a classified
> "librarian."
> No offense to those classified people out there--but IMO school libraries
> don't function as well as they could without a certified and committed
> Library Media Teacher at the helm.
> "Can't afford a Cadillac on a Ford budget" was the word I got from the Sup.
> Funny-that money that was retained more than paid for my salary.
> BTW: if classified people are doing an effective job--and many are--why
> aren't they paid the same salary?
>
>  > Reminds me of the year I lost my teacher money, because according to the
> > state, the football field was a classroom, but the library was not! Ya
> > just
> > gotta laugh!!!
> >
> > ~lanell rabner
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 1:04 PM Crystal Hansen <
> > crystal.hansen at jordandistrict.org> wrote:
> >
> >> I have to remind someone in the office almost every year that my school
> >> picture goes in the faculty case. This year, because our faculty is so
> >> large, I was basically told that there is no room for my picture there.
> >> Our
> >> school population is bursting at the seams, so I didn't fight it this
> >> time,
> >> but you are right that these things sting a little. Getting my picture
> >> with
> >> the faculty in the yearbook has also been something I've had to
> >> self-advocate for. A lot of people in the school just don't/won't
> >> understand our role. It can be frustrating!
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