[Library Media] Start Over Again -- Every Year

Kathy Ballard kathy.ballard at monticelloacademy.net
Tue Oct 23 14:50:12 MDT 2018


I work at a K-8 school and I am sort of re-inventing my 6-8 grade lessons.
6th grade is the only group I see weekly. When I get the middle school
stuff figured out again, I will try to remember to share it.

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 2:35 PM Cindy Mitchell <
cindy.mitchell at jordandistrict.org> wrote:

> 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
>>>>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__uelma.org_&d=DwMFaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=07fWuDkbF8chZFh8GeGvG5riBQMgIEorx6Mpqt8ok8g&m=oftRUjEu32zH8TYz1H2XdTyv9eeZmS9U2WaRA7sm0hc&s=vPnvMJlMq03ZI6j1MK77qLsBhqd9uK8KyHqRgfcerbY&e=> Board
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>>>>>
>>>>> Currently Reading
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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
>>>>
>>>> [image: Best quotes about libraries: Libraries always remind me that
>>>> there are good things in this world. -Lauren Ward]
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>> Kathy Ballard
>> Librarian
>> Monticello Academy
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>
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> Cindy Mitchell
> South Jordan Middle School
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-- 
Kathy Ballard
Librarian
Monticello Academy
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