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‘Quiet Crisis’: Are librarians in danger of being phased out of Las Vegas schools?

“Ryan Dwyer’s fifth-grade students plop down at tables in the Kay Carl Elementary school library, fidgeting in their seats as he explains how to do research online for an upcoming project.It looks like a scene that could be happening in virtually any elementary school, but there’s a catch. Dwyer isn’t the students’ full-time teacher. After class, he stays put as the teacher shows up at the door, organizes her class into a single-file line and shepherds them back to their classroom.” (via Las Vegas Sun News)

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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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