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When I was in my last school, I rarely read in the library because I just didn't 
have time, and I
find that I need to curl up without distraction to really enjoy something anyway.  
But I read
voraciously at home and for 10 years did not read an adult's book.  Consequently, 
when I was asked,
"What do you have ...." staff and students were quite amazed at the variety of 
titles (fiction and
non fiction) that I could suggest. (I also did all the data entry of new titles so 
knew their
content but that's another story ...)

Anyway, the point is that I am no longer in that school (or any school) and I was 
not replaced when
I left.  (The library is not high on the principal's agenda).  Everything is done 
by my para who
was/is excellent at what she does (admin and circulation) but she often tells me 
that staff and
students are really frustrated now because she cannot direct them to resources in 
the way I could
and their leisure and curriculum support needs are not being met..  She even makes 
a point of
saying, "Barbara would have known but she wasn't replaced," in the hope that it 
will engender a
groundswell that will have a qualified t/l employed.  (Fat chance!)

If you have the time and opportunity to read, never apologise or hide it.  If 
someone makes that
stupid remark of "It must be nice ..." say , "Well, tell me what your interests are 
and I'll find
something for you."
Knowing the collection is a fundamental part of our role.  


Barbara Braxton
Teacher Librarian

"Together we learn from each other." 

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