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8/2/11 12:29 P

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I live in Altwn PA and the same thing has happened to me. I am searching the job
posts for a new job. Our school district decided to furlough most specialist. Unfort. there isn't a lot of opening for librarians in my area or they are master degrees. My cousin in Ohio said the same thing has happened in her school district. This seems to a national crisis.

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7/17/11 9:58 A

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I hear ya, Abuers. Same thing happened to me. "Demoted" (my word) from school media specialist to classroom teacher. I haven't been in the classroom for over 10 years, and already having anxious dreams about it. It will be a challenge, but, hopefully, temporarily, Unfortunately, I don't see our district valuing media specialists, so things probably won't change much; I'll just have to wait until someone retires.
It's nerve-wracking because I have a position, but it's not one I really want. I have to interview for positions I really want, and that is stressful. Sometimes I think "I should just stick with what I have for now" and sometimes I think I should settle for no less that what I desire.
Hang in there! I told a friend, when one door closed, a window opened, not another door. And that window is really dirty!

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6/13/11 11:48 A

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Wow, what an unexpected surprise. I think with any sort of experience like that it's best to run through the emotions as honestly as you feel them--grief, shame, surprise, and perhaps a bit of relief to know the worst possible thing (job-wise, anyway) has happened and that you're still standing. I really wish I had words of practical advice for you, and if I think of anything, I'll message you.

I'm personally in a related but not entirely parallel situation--I'm giving up my job, and likely my career, to follow my husband's job. I've put in my notice and I've been trying to network in advance of my arrival across the country, but nothing concrete has materialized. I'm looking at working retail or substitute teaching for an indefinite period of time, which is kind of irritating because in addition to general freaking out, I'm mad at myself for being a job snob in this economy. So, I'm trying to contact everyone I know from grad school (just a few years ago) even though none of them are in my field. It's kind of a default response, and I don't really know what might come out of it, but it's kind of what I have right now.

Oh! And I requested the book What's the Alternative?: Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros, by Rachel Singer Gordon through interlibrary loan. I'll report back and see if it helps.

Good luck to you!

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5/15/11 7:17 P

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First, best wishes for your job change. I am currently job hunting (though this is by choice not by circumstance), and I find it to be stressful and overwhelming, but I am also excited by the new opportunities and possibilities. I am choosing to focus on the positives and to take this one day at time so that I am not completely overwhelmed. I also find it helpful to remind myself that I am in charge of this job hunt. While I cannot force employers to hire me, I can make sure that I am putting my best foot forward and applying for jobs that are well-suited to my skill set and personality. And the best advice I have received to date is to remember to stop and breath so that I don't get overwhelmed by the process.

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5/3/11 4:08 P

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Hello. My position as a school librarian has been eliminated by our district. A job change is inevitable, though I did not plan or want it. When you experience these kinds of events in life, when circumstances are not as you would like, or change is forced upon you, how do you react?

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