Save HHS Library with a Full Time Librarian
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Hampshire High School, located in Romney, West Virginia, is electing to eliminate the full time librarian position for the new school year. Currently, Regina Kenney, a certified library media specialist is staffed in the high school library. A library media specialist (LMS) enables students to have access to a trained individual who can not only assist them with books, but also other forms of media including microfiche and the numerous digital medias available in today’s evolving world. Eliminating the current full time LMS certified librarian would require multiple uncertified staff to cover the vacant schedule possibly hindering students from once previously easily accessible media. Simple tasks that keep the library successful could be overlooked without the proper training.
Regina has held this position for nearly 10 years and rescued the library from the disheveled state she found it in. Showing unyielding passion for improving the library simultaneously led to her creating one of the closely knitted communities in the school, connecting unlikely students together and even bridging the gap between alumni and current students. The library is now a place where students can pick up the latest books and freely express ideas that may have otherwise not been vocalized. Students will even opt out of lunch just to visit the library.
With Regina’s qualifications and kind heart she has transformed the Hampshire High School library into a safe place for all students. Replacing her position with multiple part-timers would destroy the dynamic and technical resources she worked years to build and maintain. Keeping an LMS certified full time librarian would continue to be invaluable to the school.
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