What do Librarians Make?
I am very proud of my children and I like to share with folks what they are doing. Some interesting comments have been emerging when I share that one of them has become a Librarian. Especially when I add that she is an Information – Media Specialist Teacher for a school.
“Oh that kind of Librarian!”
If I ask what they mean when they say those words in that tone of voice, I usually get some kind of response about why with such a great level of intelligence why would she choose to go into something that is becoming obsolete? Information is FREE these days. Why not the CIA, FBI, or a corporation and get decent pay for her smarts?
I must not be alone in my concern about these questions because my sister – in-law who is a retired School Librarian (now does Launching Success) just sent me the following video – Which hits the nail on the head!
What do Librarians Make or Why should I be more than a Librarian? By Joyce Valenza
My District has just voted in our new Representative to Congress, who says on her website that we spend too much money on schools for no measurable results. This attitude worries me especially since this woman lives just a few blocks away, in a gated community, from my daughter’s school which has no computers for the students to use. Well a great deal of information is free, but if one does not know how to access it, interpret it or discern it – what use is free?
I do not think my child is a failure for not trying to make lots of money. I think she is a hero and someone to be admired. She is concerned that she spends so much time on behavior problems and has no equipment to empower the students who want to learn. She loves her work; she just wants to be able to do it to the max.
What greater gift is there than to teach a person how to learn, interpret, integrate and act upon their knowledge? I cannot think of any greater gift, can you? I also think most learning takes place one on one, do you?
I am interested to know what you think – Please share your ideas and thoughts.
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