I’d like to know your thoughts.
It’s been about three months since I left my job as a library media specialist to join Discovery Education. The move for me has been wonderful and I’m not looking back. However, I’m very worried about the library program that I left. When I left, the plan was for one sub to take the position for about three weeks until another would take over for the rest of the school year. From my knowledge, neither had any experience in a library or was certified. It turns out the first one person didn’t make the three weeks because she had to fill another position in the school due to a maternity leave. I’m not sure who filled in prior to the “rest of the year sub” taking over. When that sub took over, I figured there would at least be some stability the rest of the year. I was wrong. Apparently, when there was a need for a sub in a classroom, the library sub was pulled into a classroom and a different sub was put in the library. So much for continuity. But that’s not all. Recently, I found out that there were some issues with one of the classroom teachers and the library sub has been moved into a classroom for the remainder of the school year and the first year struggling teacher is now in the library. Not good.
Things brings me to a couple of thoughts and a question. One, the library is not valued in the school. Maybe it wasn’t when I was there, but it seems that it’s pretty much being dumped on now. Two, the staff must not care or they would be speaking out about it. I left plenty of information about library procedures as well as my contact information, but was only contacted once about a problem with a subscription purchase. Should I even care about what happens there anymore? I’m no longer a part of it. Should I offer to help get things straightened out a little or just leave it alone?
Part of me wants to care and part of me doesn’t.