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Students help save the job of popular school librarian

“The protesting students won. They have their beloved librarian back. A Chicago school librarian who had been told her job was ending because of budget troubles will now be staying through the end of the academic year with funds from an anonymous donor who came forward after students organized and staged a “read in” protest at school. After the student action, parents complained and alumni weighed in on the importance of the library and the woman who runs it, Sara Sayigh.” (via Washington Post)

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How students reacted when their beloved school librarian was let go

“Students at a public school in Chicago were furious when they learned that their beloved librarian, Sara Sayigh, had to leave because her position was being cut by the school district because of budget problems. Not only was her library a safe place for academic and extra-curricular activities, they also knew that she was one of only three full-time librarians left in Chicago’s more than 45 majority-black high schools. So last week the students protested, sitting down in the hallway outside the library, refusing to go to class and instead, read books. Call it a “read-in.” (via Washington Post)

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It’s your duty to keep up with technology, librarians told

“The job title librarian just doesn’t cover it these days, national education expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs said on Thursday. More accurate would be director of research and development or media producer or innovation lab leader. Or how about school curriculum co-designer? “I think you need to advertise this, that there’s a new librarian in town,” Jacobs told the nearly full ballroom at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. About 3,000 school librarians from across the U.S. gathered in Columbus on Thursday for the biannual conference of the American Association of School Librarians. It ran through Sunday.” (via Columbus Dispatch)

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Are school librarians going way of the milkman?

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has been shedding school librarians faster than any district in North Carolina over the past five years, and there’s a debate going on about whether that makes a difference for students. This year, 31 of the district’s 168 schools have libraries led by staffers other than media specialists, who have master’s degrees and specialized training to run libraries.” (via Charlotte Observer)

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Don’t overlook your school librarian, they’re the unsung heroes of literacy

“When talking about teaching and learning, most people don’t immediately think of librarians. But in a school where the librarian or learning resource centre manager is valued and properly made use of, we can teach important skills. Librarians are in the privileged position of being able to work with teachers across all subjects and students of all ages, observing the inner workings of a school from a slight distance.” (via Guardian Professional)

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Librarian transforms school bus to deliver books to kids in need

“She’s a school librarian turned bus driver. Jenny Granger is delivering books to kids around Snohomish to beat the “summer slide.” Between tests in June and September, there’s a general drop in students’ scores. Granger says a big factor is the fact kids don’t read as much during the summer. “We can complain about it or we can do something about it,” said Granger, a teacher and librarian at Snohomish’s Emerson Elementary.” (via HeraldNet.com)

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Librarian Lack Limits Libraries in LAUSD

“About half of the 600 elementary and middle school libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School District are without librarians or aides, denying tens of thousands of students regular access to nearly $100 million worth of books, it was reported today. The crisis has exacerbated educational inequalities across the nation’s second-largest system as some campuses receive extra money for library staff and others don’t, the Los Angeles Times reported. It has also sparked a prolonged labor conflict with the California School Employees Association, which represents library aides.” (via KTTV)

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Students, Librarians Speak Up For Lack Of Libraries In Phila. Schools

“Librarians in town for a national conference joined Philadelphia public school parents, students and staff, yesterday, to call attention to the lack of libraries in district schools. Inspired by the historic setting of Philadelphia, the group gathered at the Library Company and signed a “Declaration for the right to libraries.” There are just 16 librarians in all 214 district schools– and two of them are paid by anonymous donors.” (via CBS Philly)

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City Librarians Push Back to Protect Jobs

“New York City school librarians are fighting back. A group of librarians and parents held a rally Wednesday morning to protest the city’s request for a waiver from state librarian staffing requirements. Standing on the steps of Tweed Courthouse, the Department’s downtown Manhattan headquarters, librarians said they couldn’t just be replaced by a computer in a classroom.” (via WSJ)

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Skyview High teacher-librarian is ‘Slayer of Ignorance’

Oregonian – “One of his students calls him a “master of killing stupidity.” His email tagline usually reads, “Slayer of Ignorance.” Sometimes, it’s “Master of Thinkwando.” Those descriptions pretty accurately sum up Mark Ray’s role as a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver Public Schools. It’s also one of the qualities that earned him the state’s Teacher of the Year Award for 2012.”

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