[Library Media] Start Over Again -- Every Year

Cindy Mitchell cindy.mitchell at jordandistrict.org
Tue Oct 23 14:34:57 MDT 2018


You should be very proud, Kathy.

It takes a lot of time and effort to become an important part of a school
and then maintain those relationships.  I feel like I need a refresher and
inspiration on connecting with teachers and integrating research methods.
I completely lost it a couple of years ago and I am struggling to create
connections and meaning in my job.

Any scraps of wisdom you can throw my way would be greatly appreciated.  A
list of lessons that you teach regularly, perhaps?

It sounds so basic - I mean I have been at this a LONG time, but I am
really foundering here.  I wonder sometimes what I did to crash so hard.

Cindy

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 1:35 PM, Kathy Ballard <
kathy.ballard at monticelloacademy.net> wrote:

> As I have read your comments, I have grown to appreciate my situation even
> more. I am an intergral part of my school. I order the books and catalog
> the books, run the library, teach library and research classes and have the
> full support of the administrators. Sometimes it takes new faculty a little
> while to come to appreciate the classes I teach, but the eventually do.
> Parents are sometimes surprised that I am a teacher. A fourth grade class
> substitute a couple of weeks ago was amazed at the lesson I taught and our
> school library. I think I love my job even more today.
>
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 1:10 PM Sydna Graf <sydna.graf at jordandistrict.org>
> wrote:
>
>> I was frustrated by not being thought of as a teacher by our PTSA, so I
>> wrote the following clarification. It's a little long and it felt like I
>> was fishing for compliments, but we do need to educate people about our
>> role.
>> Sydna
>>
>>
>> Every now and again, I have the feeling that the PTSA doesn't quite know
>> what to do with me. Am I a teacher? Am I staff? I love our PTSA. I am a
>> former middle school PTSA president, and I know how hard they work for
>> our school. They are wonderful.
>>
>> But I think there is confusion because most people don't understand the
>> difference between an elementary library aide and a secondary library
>> teacher. Most active PTSA volunteers come from an elementary background,
>> and the elementary library aides in Jordan district are 17-hour aides that
>> may or may not have a degree. They do not purchase or process books (that
>> is done by fully certified librarians at the district level). If they
>> teach, they use lessons prepared by the district. There are great
>> elementary library aides, but they don't have the full responsibilities of
>> secondary librarians.
>>
>> Secondary library teachers MUST have a teaching degree. (Some secondary
>> librarians come from a public library background, but they must take
>> classes to certify as a teacher.) A person with a degree in education needs
>> an additional endorsement to be a secondary library teacher. This
>> endorsement takes about 2 years to complete and is comprised of master
>> level classes. Most secondary library teachers have master's degrees in
>> education and/or library science. All secondary library teachers are in
>> charge of their own budgets, purchase and process books, create lessons,
>> teach, and run their own library programs.
>>
>> I just thought it would be helpful to clarify this at the start of the
>> year, since I have sensed some confusion in the past. Not that I need the
>> stuff the PTSA hands out (It is great stuff, and they make sure to
>> include staff, so no complaints), but I worked hard to become a teacher,
>> and I thought the differences should be known.
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 11:56 AM Heidi Leggat <
>> heidi.leggat at jordandistrict.org> wrote:
>>
>>> I had it out with a lady in my neighborhood this last weekend (who is
>>> also a teacher) about EBSCO. She kept trying to tell me what a database
>>> was, as if I had no idea.  I even had English teachers trying to explain
>>> our side of the issue but she just wasn't having any of it.  Her only
>>> solutions were to either get rid of it or have EBSCO filter their own stuff
>>> (which raises even more problems in my opinion). I felt like her thoughts
>>> were that kids needed to be "protected" at all costs and teaching was not
>>> going to protect anyone!!!  It was frustrating to say the least.  I felt
>>> like I was talking to a wall.
>>>
>>> On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 10:45 AM Justin Brooksby <jbrooksby at uen.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> James,
>>>>
>>>> I agree with what you say.  I believe David Long from Logan City School
>>>> District mentioned that more than filtering needs to be done.  I know he
>>>> believes this but those details were not necessarily expressed in the
>>>> meeting.  UEN would love to help push the message that teacher librarians
>>>> are an excellent resource to teach internet safety.  Please let me know how
>>>> we can best help.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>
>>>> Justin Brooksby
>>>> Associate Director
>>>> Professional Development
>>>> Utah Education Network
>>>> Office: 801-581-5366
>>>> Twitter @brooksby
>>>> uen.org/development/
>>>>
>>>> On Oct 23, 2018, at 9:57 AM, Wilson, James <
>>>> James.Wilson at canyonsdistrict.org> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Sadly, we will always be in the mode of educating people what we do and
>>>> what training and education we have.
>>>>
>>>> On another note, I attended the UEN Board meeting last Friday.  While
>>>> they were discussing the EBSCO issue, the topic of how to keep kids safe
>>>> online and teaching them to research information safely and efficiently
>>>> came up numerous times.  Filters were the only solution discussed.  I kept
>>>> wanting to yell out “Certified-SL Endorsed Teacher Librarians!”  We teach
>>>> research.  We teach students how to find information safely and
>>>> efficiently, among the many other things we do!  I am saddened at how many
>>>> time we are left out of the discussion.
>>>>
>>>> <image001.png>
>>>>
>>>> James A. Wilson, M. Ed
>>>> Library Media Specialist
>>>> Canyons School District
>>>> Cell- 385.900.9607
>>>> Office- 801.826.5095
>>>> 9150 S. 500 West
>>>> Sandy, UT 84070
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> *From: *library-media <library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org> on behalf
>>>> of Mariah Gerlach <mgerlach at providencehall.com>
>>>> *Date: *Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 9:22 AM
>>>> *Cc: *Library Media Listserv <library-media at lists.uen.org>, "
>>>> lanell.rabner at nebo.edu" <lanell.rabner at nebo.edu>
>>>> *Subject: *Re: [Library Media] Start Over Again -- Every Year
>>>>
>>>> We feel you Cindy, and others!
>>>>
>>>> At the beginning of this year I got up and tooted my own horn to my
>>>> faculty. Basically gave them a quick verbal resume in faculty meeting.  I
>>>> explained how I have a master's degree and the same teaching license many
>>>> of them do.  I've felt like for the last few years I'm treated a bit like a
>>>> convenient upstairs secretary.
>>>>
>>>> Of course, I'm always happy to help, but it was actually some of my
>>>> faculty last year that found out I had credentials and encouraged me to
>>>> share that information with the rest of the staff.  I think there was an
>>>> assumption that I just sat at this desk and typed stuff all day.
>>>>
>>>> I do get a little irritated when administration says "all these things
>>>> are coming to each teacher this year"... and I'm like, me too?  Also got
>>>> slighted out of the yearbook last year... but somehow my assistants made it
>>>> in.  *shrug*.
>>>>
>>>> Keep fighting the good fight!  I feel successful as long as the
>>>> students know I'm here. ☺
>>>>
>>>> *Mariah Gerlach MLS*
>>>> *High School Librarian*
>>>> *ALA, AASL Member*
>>>> *UELMA
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>>>> 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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>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > --
>>>> > Lanell Rabner, MLS
>>>> > Librarian
>>>> > Springville High School
>>>> > 1205 E. 900 S.
>>>> > Springville, UT 84663
>>>> > lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
>>>> > 801.489.2870
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>>>
>>> --
>>> Heidi Leggat
>>> Media Center Specialist
>>> Copper Hills High School
>>>
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> Kathy Ballard
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Cindy Mitchell
South Jordan Middle School
10245 S 2700 W
South Jordan UT 84095
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