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Subject:

HIT: Updated Public Library vs. Elementary Library

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Ashanti Mayes <[log in to unmask]>

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Ashanti Mayes <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 2 Jun 2018 22:09:45 -0500

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I'm posting an update version. My original HIT had a table in it, and it
didn't format properly. As I mentioned before, it seems that one is not
better than the other. It depends on your preference. Both have pros and
cons.

*Public Library Pros*
-more potential to focus on programming and events
-no lesson planning
-no strict schedules to follow
-less disciplining since you're not a teacher

*Public Library Cons*
- lower pay than a public school
-schedule: you may have to work nights, weekends, rotating shifts
- some libraries have homeless people that hang out at the library. Some
have said that there could be instances of stalking
- depending on your position, there could be more focus on paperwork and
management than interacting with patrons
- unsupervised kids can make a lot of noise and be disruptive
- if you're not the head librarian, you may not have much control over
programming or purchasing

*Elementary School Pros*
- higher pay and the ability to move up the step scale
- schedule: off during the holidays, summers, nights, and weekends (great
for people with kids or that like to travel)
- ability to collaborate with teachers and other staff (this could be a pro
or a con for some)

*Elementary School Cons*
- depending on the campus, the STAAR (standardized testing) can take away
from library programming
- whether or not you have a good year can sometimes be affected by
administration and their view on what a librarian does or should do (if
they don't value what you do, it can be a difficult year or you could be
pulled for non library tasks)
-handling discipline issues
- job security: some districts are getting rid of school librarians due to
budget cuts
- little to no help (some districts do not require library aides)


Ashanti Mayes-Alvidrez
Librarian/Medi Specialist
Baytown, TX

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