Ok, right off the bat, I'm letting you know that I am neither a teacher nor a librarian. I hope I will be accepted by you anyway. I was a library clerk whose position was cut, as was that of the certified media specialist, at my prior school. I really didn't want to stay there so I became the Media Coordinator (parapro librarian) at my current school. They had also cut the certified position.
It seems like I have been around libraries my entire life, though. I was a library asistant in high school, my first summer job was working for Denver Public Schools helping with inventories, and I have either been volunteering or working in a school library for the last 16 years.
My degree is actually in Law Enforcement, if you can believe that. In my "past life," I have been a hospital switchboard operator, a paralegal, and a Navy wife (submarines). My guilty pleasure in life is 80's hair metal music and I have several teachers who chuckle at the thought of their "headbanger" librarian. I have two cats, Xander and Shadow, and like working in my butterfly garden and doing counted cross-stitch.
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.
If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!
Teacher Librarian at McLain HS
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Mansfield University Scholarship Program – Begin in January 2012
In an ongoing effort to recruit a new generation of school library leaders, Mansfield University recently received a fifth Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) grant to fund scholarships for its totally online School Library & Information Technologies Master of Education degree program with school library certification. If you know of an educator or non-certified librarian seeking school library certification, please pass along the news that we are still accepting applications for the spring 2012 semester.
The Master of Education program, ideally suited for working educators
with no time to drive to a university, offers a convenient and effective path to school library certification. For detailed information and contacts please refer to the Fulfilling the Promise homepage, at http://libweb.mansfield.edu/promise/, or contact Cynthia Keller, Department Chair email@example.com