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I wrote a reply and it didn't like it and now I have to get to church. I'll try to reply again soon.
I understand exactly what you mean. In Texas it would make it harder to get a job in a library if you have your certification. They can have one certified librarian in district and run all libraries with aides and that is what they do, don't have to pay for all those master's degrees.
Barbara from Texas
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it will not last the night
But ah my friends and oh my foes
it gives a lovely light!
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Use it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
or do without!
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When life hands you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate!!!
Why don't you try taking a class or two and see if you like them. If you don't, then you will know that pursuing a MLIS isn't for you right now. And you might decide otherwise.
Welcome, Moxy! I'm a high school librarian, and I'm in awe of you and the Friendly Neighborhood Librarian, as I am with all things Middle School. I think there is a special place in Heaven for those who can work well with middle schoolers.
It sounds like you're really happy with things the way they are at the moment. And why not? You enjoy your work and the person you work with, and you've integrated everything well in your personal life. You seem to have thought things through. It's all good! If you think you'd like to get your MLIS some day, you can always start slowly and find ways to integrate that, too.
One of the pleasures of my work is having shared my work life with my assistant for the past 25 years. I hope she feels the same way.
Welcome, welcome, Bookgirl. Have a wonderful Spark journey.
Edited by: ODDBODKIN at: 1/1/2010 (08:22)
The weighing for my letters is that, yes I would have better oppertunities for earning, etc. However, there is no certain job at the end of it (many schools are trying to get rid of their librarians!) and I would have all the stress and responsibility of being in charge and there is no gaurantee that I would have as great a person to work with. In my current situation, I have a wonderful librarian, no responsibility for the politics and I can carpool with my husband...makes the 60k or whatever seem much less appealing to spend...
Welcome to the team, Moxy! I can only encourage you to get your MLIS - it will vastly increase your options for better jobs and income. It sounds like you have a busy life, so you might consider an online program. I chose a full-time in person degree at a school that was a 60 mile commute away, and with a young son at the time it was quite a struggle. But if you have a program closer to you, the contacts and friendships you make may be worth it!
I like that phrase, "your letters". :)
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Welcome, Moxy (aka Bookgirl)! I love your super hero names!
Edited by: LYSINGR at: 12/22/2009 (20:37)
I am a library aide in a PA middle school assisting our librarian (in super hero terms, she is the Friendly Neighborhood Librarian and I am her sidekick, Bookgirl!)
My husband says I should go for my MLIS (or, as he says, my "letters")- my grandfather was the head librarian at the University of Idaho for many years so it seems to be in the blood...
I have two BAs, a husband, baby, and dog (not in that order). I'm looking to lose about 10 more lbs having lost about 10 already.
-Moxy aka Bookgirl