Library assistants do more than stamp books

29th September 2000 at 01:00
I found Kath Kilburn's remarks about library assistants working in schools (Friday, September 8) insulting but typical of many qualified librarians. I have been an assistant since 1972 and have been in a school library since 1993. I certainly do not just "stamp books and shelve books" - just because we don't have a degree in librarianship does not mean that we are incapable of organising a scool library.

I do most of the things on Ms Kilburn's list of a school librarian's duties - plus a few more, like organising book weeks, poetry readings and training student helpers.

Ms Kilburn talks about mutual respect. Perhaps she needs to respect what lots of library assistants have achieved in schools today.

Georgie Lawson, Sowerby Bridge high school, Calderdale

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