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Once again, Thank you all so much for such speedy and helpful responses.  I was 
able to use the numbers and your comments to help explain (again) the needs of the 
library media program, in this case, specifically, for extra contract days.  I 
don't know what the outcome will be, but I was reassured that I am not at all alone 
in believing that the maintenance of a quality library and library program require  
much more time than what we are able to accomplish when the library is open and in 
use.  Below are the responses in numbers followed by a summary of your comments.  
This seems to be an issue many of us are facing.  
  a.. 20 extra days -- 3 people
  b.. 15 extra days -- 2 people
  c.. 10 days -- 22 people
  d.. 5 days -- 2 people
  e.. No extra work days -- 10 people -- ( most of these folks said that they close 
their libraries before the end of the school year and do not open the first day of 
the school year.  Most of these respondents said that they once had extended 
contract days but they have been cut over the past few years due to budget 
  f.. Other -- 9 days...8 days ... 7 days... 3 days... 2 days
Mentioned by almost all were the following:
    Inventory and finalization of inventory, weeding, shelf reading, updating 
patron information in databases, POs approved and sent for payment, extended budget 
planning and major orders, collection and maintenance of equipment, updating forms 
and library publications, attention to huge volume of mail, processing of book 
orders, cleaning, organization of library, displays, program planning.  
    Many said that there were differences in extended contract days for Elem., 
Middle, and HS libraries.  Library assistants usually get 2 days (as David said, go 
figure).  All respondents said that opening on the first day of school and staying 
open until the last day of school was impossible without extra days.  And most said 
regardless of whether they get extra paid time, they come in anyway to do what they 
have to do.  Me, too.  It makes me proud of myself for the job I do and angry at 
myself for perpetuating the problem.   If you need more specific information about 
the responses, please let me know.
    Thank you all so much for being my work partners and virtual friends.  Good 
luck to us all..............EC

Eileen Culkin, Librarian
Inter-Lakes Jr. Sr. High School
Meredith, NH
"I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. 
They are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet 
and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with 
them." Michael Moore

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