NYT – “Students using the computers at Camdenton High School here in central Missouri have been able to access the Web sites for Exodus International, as well as People Can Change, antigay organizations that counsel men and women on how to become heterosexual. But the students have not been able to access the Web sites of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.”
SLJ – “Colorado’s Red Hawk Elementary School has gone Dewey-less—and so far the results have been great. The new school, which opened its doors just six weeks ago, is the only building in the St. Vrain Valley School District to scrap the Dewey Decimal system in favor of a more user-friendly bookstore model for organizing its 6,031-title collection. In fact, according to District Librarian Holli Buchter, Red Hawk is the only elementary school in the United States to ditch Dewey. (The only other one she knows about is located in Alberta, Canada).”
Philadelphia Inquirer – “The library at Rowen Elementary School is musty and outdated – a locked room used for storage and occasional meetings, a repository of yellowing, untouched books. But Callie Hammond has big dreams for the room, whose leather-bound encyclopedias were printed in 1986, the year she was born. Hammond sees the West Oak Lane public school as a launching pad for Library Build, a nonprofit group she recently started to renovate and staff school libraries with fellows in the Teach for America model.”
LA Times – “Firing library aides and office assistants leaves the school district in free-fall. It’s time to tap emergency funds, cut state redevelopment agencies and discuss raising businesses’ property taxes.”
News Leader – “Weeks after a series of national groups demanded the Republic school board reverse a decision to remove two books from the high school, the governing body will take up the issue. The board will meet today to discuss revising a policy that paved the way for the books — “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut and “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler — to be pulled from classrooms and the library. Superintendent Vern Minor didn’t return calls, but a proposed revision to the book standards policy posted online outlines one significant change”
Washington Post – “Here’s a relatively new one in the annals of book challenges: A Virginia school district has removed from the required sixth grade reading list at one middle school a Sherlock Holmes book because a Mormon parent complained about the way it portrayed Mormons. Josh Davis, chief operating officer for the Albemarle County Public Schools said the school board decided a few days ago to honor the request of a group of parents, “one in particular of the Mormon faith,” who complained earlier in the year.
Birmingham News – “Mary Schellhammer, the school librarian at Alberta Elementary in Tuscaloosa, has a new visual aid when she lectures students about returning their library books. It’s a portion of a beginning reader book that was blown from the school building 60 miles to AdamsÂville in the April 27 tornadoes. The library’s bar code and stamp were still intact, so someone brought it back.”
Press Release – “In recent weeks, there has been extensive media coverage, on the declining number of teacher-librarians in Canada, beginning with the announcement of eliminating school library staffing and making serious cuts to school library services and resources in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board in Ontario. The Canadian Library Association (CLA) has been monitoring these developments, and is concerned about the status of teacher-librarians across the country.”
Ottawa Citizen – “The first thing Janice O’Neill did when she became librarian at St. Mark Catholic High School in Manotick was tear up the No Talking sign.
She also ripped up the No Eating sign, stopped charging students for printing stuff off the Internet and said goodbye to the card catalogue.
Now she’s clearing the tidy shelves of encyclopedias and other out-of-date reference books jammed with facts that are a click away thanks to Google.”
Press Register – “The federal government has opened an investigation into allegations that the Mobile County school system spends a disproportionate amount of money on libraries and other facilities in majority-white schools at the expense of predominantly black ones.
Mobile County schools Superintendent Roy Nichols said he is confident the federal officials will find that the system treats its schools the same. He said the system funds school libraries at the same per-student rate, and lets each librarian decide how to spend it. “