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Old 05-04-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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This has been my first year as a school librarian. I feel like it is my calling. I teach in an inner city school, and my first year has had a bullying and threatening (literally) administrator who has never given any promised help and support and still, even at this point in the year, loves power plays. I will get thank you notes from admin for the various extra things I do, but no support and still was non renewed despite good evals. How does someone move forward like this? It took me years to get this job after grad school and I am place bound. I have multiple letters of recommendation from other teachers in my building and have been interviewing but no offers yet. Where I live the competition is very intense, and it took a few years after grad school to get this job. I am just devastated by this and finding it very difficult to be positive. Any advice?


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This happened to me as well
Old 05-05-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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After going back to school for (basically) a second Master's degree, I finally landed a school librarian position in a middle school in my district. I loved loved loved this job. After eight years in this position, including TWO school moves due to building renovations (moving the entire library-breaking down, boxing up:::WORK:: my position was eliminated. I was devastated that my principal felt my position was the least important in the school, and easy to let go. I made a point of making myself valuable in my school setting. Many other buildings in our district also eliminated their librarians that year. I made myself very valuable by collaborating, circulating books to the 700+ population, teaching 6 exploratories each day, two yearly book fairs (singlehandedly) and creating our school yearbook. The district librarians fought it all the way to the school board, to no avail. The building principals have the last word/say about how to use their units. And librarians ARE teaching units. So, I went BACK into the classroom (no other choice) and taught fifth grade for 4 years. I am happy to say that I am now BACK into an elementary library position. Also to be noted is that some of the buildings which chose to eliminate their librarian have since hired back CERTIFIED librarians. Some other buildings still have paras working in those positions. Advice would be to NOT give up on being in your position again. Perhaps without you is the only way your principal will see how valuable you were. Also, another possibility is your principal may leave (ours move around A LOT) and a new admin may feel very strongly about a certified librarian. Good luck, don't give up!
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