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
"It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
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. Renee
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...
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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!
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