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In this way, I feel very blessed that our superintendant is a former LMS, as
is the current president of the school board.  It certainly helps the
library media "cause" in our district!


Paula Joseph-Johnson, LMS/Yearbook Advisor
Bristow High School Media Center (Bristow, OK)
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Currently reading: Wicked

-----Original Message-----
From: School Library Media & Network Communications
[mailto:LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU] On Behalf Of Shonda Brisco
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: [LM_NET] TAR: Librarians hired before degree complete?

I would like to add (again) to the discussion by agreeing with Lisa Hunt
regarding the need for education administrators to understand the problems
that can arise when librarians are hired w/o the certification or degrees
needed to fully perform their jobs.  Few (if any) school districts would
hire or promote a classroom teacher to the position of administrator without
requiring that the individual to be fully certified.  However, I doubt that
most educators would say that the school administrator and the school
librarian have the same responsibilities--- or do they?  I would say that
our positions are more alike than dissimilar and yet, we, as librarians, are
much too humble to defend our professional positions by sharing those

One of the most important things I feel that I can do (now) at the academic
level is to advocate for school librarians by speaking with / teaching those
"baby administrators" who are enrolled in the administrative course work.  A
"new education administrator" is needed to help us make the changes that are
needed to ensure opportunities for collaboration between the teachers and
the librarian, to move toward academic excellence, and to help educate our
stakeholders of the importance of a school library and a certified school
librarian.  The research is out there and reports have been written;
however, our message does not penetrate the barriers of the academic
curriculum that fails to focus on ways that administrators can create a
successful school program.  We, at the the academic level, have a duty to
continue to work toward becoming a vital component within THIS particular
program at the universities and administrative programs that educate our
incoming administrators because we know that it is the school's
administrator that sets the tone for the rest of the school.

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