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A Day in the Life of a High School Librarian

May 6, 2014
By Donald Clark of Greene Central High School

By Kaley Sumrell

Jill Whitson, Greene Central’s High School librarian, loves her job and takes it very seriously. 

Whitson starts her day off as librarian at 8:00 a.m. She and her students read for 15 minutes at the beginning of every period. 

Her students then look at their echalk lesson and work on their assignments. They help students as they come in and out of the library and work on displays and marketing throughout the day, stopping frequently to help patrons as they come in and out of the library. 

Sometimes classes come in, and they are given instructions on research skills or library skills. 

Teachers come in to collaborate for performance events for their classes. Whitson works through different technical problems, helps teachers with problems, researches, and compiles information for teachers. 

She also researches new technology like the augmented reality for the STEM expo.

Whitson attended East Carolina University, where she received a scholarship to get her Masters’ Degree in Library Science.

“My favorite thing about my job is when a student comes in the library, that doesn’t like to read, finds a book, and ends up enjoying reading,” stated Whitson.

Whitson commented, “My goal is to get as many Greene Central High School students reading as humanly possible.”

Her daily duties, as a librarian, consist of directing the library, keeping it in order, ordering books, cataloging books, collaborating with teachers, working with the STEM Program, and helping students research. 

Her favorite authors are Marcus Zusak, Jodi Picoult, Julie Cross, and Sara Dessen, and her favorite book is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

When Whitson is not working as Greene Central’s librarian, she’s a proud member of the Snow Hill Board of Adjustments and the Greene County Friends of the Library Board. She also likes to practice water color painting. She is married to Roger Whitson, and has two kids, a son named Ian and a daughter named Tory. Whitson is also an animal lover; she has a dog and two cats.

Junior Madison Sabados, former Library Science student, commented, “Before I got into Library Science, I hadn’t read a book all the way through since sixth grade. Library Science encouraged me to actually sit down and read a book. Mrs. Whitson was a big part of my life for two semesters.”

 Junior Brianna Holmes, also a former Library Science student, said, “Mrs. Whitson teaches the students the basics of being a librarian in her Library Science class. It was a great experience, and it left me with skills to carry on in my life.”

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