I currently work in Sheffield Alabama, just a short commute from my home. I work with students in grades 7-12 at Sheffield Junior High and Sheffield High School. This is my 7th year as a Librarian/Media Specialist. I have 21 years experience in the following areas: 4 years First Grade Teacher, 10 years Kindergarten Teacher, 4 years Elementary Librarian or Media Specialist, and 3 years at the High School level. So much of my experience has even at the elementary level that it has been a challenge at the HS level. I do not feel very confident, even though I work hard to help students and faculty members. I am also trying to build a current library collection that is way out dated with little money. I would appreciate any advice from this forum.
I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder ofhttp://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!