[Library Media] Start Over Again -- Every Year

georgeweight at integrity.com georgeweight at integrity.com
Wed Oct 24 01:41:53 MDT 2018


Re: Melanie Peterson

I may not have made the point clear. I DO appreciate those not fully
certified who are doing a great job under what are challenging
circumstances. My quarrel (for lack of a better term) is with certain
administrators and legislators who do not value the service performed in
our School Library Media Centers. I'd like to see all personnel get the
support and in-service training where needed--and the recognition, and PAY
that's well-deserved.

I also believe now, as was the case when a Library Media Teacher, we get
great support from USOE staff who are directly concerned with supporting
our School Library Media Centers. I'm only asking for more informed
relations from any who neglect or misunderstand the important role we
play.

My apologies for not making the point clear.

George Weight

> 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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>> > --
>> > 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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