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Monday, February 7, 2011

Seeking Balance

People often ask me if I would rather do anything else for a career. There are times when I might reply, "I would love to be a baker" or "I would love to have my own bookstore." There are many times I would prefer to discard the technology duties associated with my job. Such things as fixing printer jams, installing SMART Notebook software, figuring out why a SMART Board is not responding to touch, or taking apart a computer tower to remove and reinstall the video card are not things I relish about my work. Though I might love to create desserts that bring pleasure to guests or talk about books with interested customers, I know I would miss the time spent with children and books in my library world.

And so I seek balance. I repair what needs fixing, answer the questions, teach about technology problems. But then I read aloud to eager listeners, help readers find just the right books for them, guide inquiring minds to resources that will provide answers and generate more questions, assist my colleagues in matching materials to their standards and lessons, and search for more resources that will enhance curriculum and interests. As more and more schools and districts eliminate library positions, I continue to demonstrate the positive impact school librarians have on students' learning...and consider myself lucky.

5 comments:

  1. As a former school librarian who is looking to return to the job she loved and left to raise her kids -I definitely agree with your thoughts. You are a lucky one - I just hope I will be as lucky too. I recently found your blog and enjoy it.

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  2. those are grand words to hear and to hold..."you are a lucky one..." you truly are. you have so many things you do well. and each thing you do is appreciated by those you do it for. isn't that really what life should be about?

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  3. There are many, many people who are glad you are doing what you do for your career...and I am one of them.

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  4. I hope all of us are doing what we want and being appreciated. That's what I thought when I took time off to be with the boys. That's what I think about all the things you do, Brattcat, multi-talented girl that you are. That's what I think about you, dear David, man of many talents.

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  5. One more thing for Librarian Mommy. Savor time at home with your kids. We can never get back those childhood years. We can always work.

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