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We are a group of new school library media specialists, either working in the field for a few years only, or soon to graduate from library school.

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Welcoming Back Staff 1 Reply

Started by Amy King. Last reply by Anne Brusca Aug 1, 2011.

Reflections on the Year 1 Reply

Started by Anne Brusca. Last reply by Gail Froeschl Jun 20, 2010.

What are you doing?

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Comment by Nell Fleming on August 17, 2012 at 10:16am

At least take a library class or two, there is so much about being a librarian that is not intuitive.  Try the K-12 Course which in Illinois is offered in the summer online.....and try a course in intellectual freedom and cataloging.  Talk to an advisor for a K-12 program and see if a handful of classes could give you a taste of the profession so you can decide.  It isn't about the degree, it is about the knowledge and the professionalism that goes into being a librarian.  It isn't just another teaching position.  Good luck!

Comment by Nancy Smith on August 14, 2012 at 2:24pm

Hi! I just became a librarian at a high school after teaching and coaching English for 6 years.  The library was in a disarray! I am struggling to bring order.


I am considering getting my MLIS, but I already have a Masters.  I am not sure if I need two. I was actually thinking of getting a doctorate in Instructional Technology or a Specialist in Technology Leadership.

Comment by Nell Fleming on June 18, 2012 at 7:22pm

Join us!  I'm new, just finished second year at Wisconsin School for the Deaf, and this is our new group on TLNG!

Comment by Mary P. McGregor on April 29, 2012 at 2:54pm

Hi, all.  I am just finishing up my MLS with School Media Specialization at Syracuse University.  I live in Brooklyn, NY and I am currently looking for a full-time school media position. 

Comment by Katie Ball on December 8, 2011 at 9:28am

I graduated in May with a degree in Elem. Ed, but did not get a classroom job this school year. Instead, I got hired as an extended substitute in an elementary library. I just started in November (the former librarian retired Nov. 1) and I love it! I have lots of questions, though, so I'm sure this group will be helpful!

Comment by Deven Black on August 1, 2011 at 1:07pm

Thanks for the welcome. Good luck with your new position, it sounds a bit like what I walked into. I hope the library you're taking over was more organized than the one I walked into. I already love Destiny but will not be using it next year as my school will be part of a pilot program with the NYPL exploring how a union catalog with them would work. We'll be using their catalog software for at least the pilot year. 

I will not hesitate to ask questions as I figure I'm likely to learn more here than I am in my MLS program.

Comment by Anne Brusca on August 1, 2011 at 9:37am
Welcome Deven!  I too have found myself somewhere new quite by surprise! I left my job as an elementary librarian and took a position as a MS/HS librarian.  The librarian I am taking over for was there for quite a long time, and you should have seen my face when I realized she had no computer on her desk after all this time!!! Good luck in your new position, and please post if you have any questions.  You will love Destiny, look into the MyQuest features, the kids love having their own accounts.
Comment by Deven Black on July 27, 2011 at 8:47pm
Hi - I started, quite by surprise, as a middle school teacher-librarian in January after 7 years as a special education teacher. I'm in the MLS/SMS program at Queens College in NYC. I took over the library from the woman who had been the librarian since the school opened in 1956. The only technology in the room was her manual typewriter. I weeded almost 1500 books. We now have Follett Destiny and I'm in the process of barcoding and scanning the rest into our catalog. I look forward to learning from everyone here because I need to learn a lot, fast.
Comment by Stacia Mullen on May 3, 2011 at 8:44am

Good Morning,

I am a new media specialist over botht he elementary and high school libraries.  I look forward to connecting with all of you. 

Comment by Susan H on April 7, 2009 at 4:53pm
Check out our new site:, especially if you belong to PSLA or are a new PA librarian!

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