School Libraries are disappearing?

For those of us paying attention, school libraries have been subjected to a wave of defunding for a while. And the reality is that when a school library goes away, the need for and usage of public libraries goes up. Here is some reading on this topic.

Is the End of the School Library Upon Us? Budget Cuts Hit Librarians Where it Hurts || AlterNet
Citing fiscal pressure, some NYC schools want to use in-classroom libraries and parent volunteers instead of certified librarians. Critics say kids need more than that.

Ranks of school librarians dwindle in HISD, statewide || Houston Chronicle
“Across Texas, the number of certified school librarians like Burgert has dropped 10 percent since 2009, in part because of limited budgets and the growth of digital books. The decline has been particularly sharp in HISD.”

Librarians dwindle in HISD || K-12 Zone blog, Houston Chronicle
Includes a list of HISD schools with certified librarians.

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