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Dan Lodge Author Archive

Email: dtlodge@yahoo.com  

Dan Lodge is an information professional with over fifteen years of experience as a public and corporate librarian. At the present time, he is working as an adult services librarian at the Dearborn Public Library in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Part Time Librarianship Brings Challenges and Rewards

In the Library Journal Salary Survey for 2014, 16 % of public librarians noted that they work at their jobs on a part-time basis. This trend is here to stay for a number of reasons (budget cuts and reorganization of staff responsibilities, to name a few). Many librarians (myself included) have had stretches in their career where they are employed at multiple libraries, each on a part time basis. Working as a part time librarian provides both challenges and rewards that ultimately can enhance your career.

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Starting an Adult Literacy Program

In the end, our Literacy Program has had a positive impact on everyone who has taken part in it. One of our learners finished her college degree, another has gone back to college, and another learner now reads books for pleasure. Many of our learners have become frequent library customers. Staff too, have found the work of providing literacy training and education essential to the community and also very satisfying on a personal level.