Tag Archives: School Libraries

Lamar High’s library making room for e-books

Houston Chronicle. – “The library shelves at Lamar High School are emptier these days. Principal James McSwain asked his librarian to dump thousands of books to make more room for students to lounge on couches, sip coffee and read electronic books on laptops. Picture the high-end coffee bars down the street in River Oaks. "We didn’t burn books," said McSwain, a former English teacher who admits feeling emotionally attached to the paper tomes. "All we’ve done is move a little further into the 21st century with technology in our library."”

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Prospect Heights Schools’ Library Opens With No Librarian

NYTimes – “The shelves were stocked with books. The maple benches were grouped like shin-high honeycombs across the beeswax-colored floor. The Book Hive at P.S. 9 and M.S. 571’s joint facility on Underhill Avenue seemed to have everything. Everything, that is, except a librarian. After years of planning, The Book Hive opened on Nov. 12, only to promptly shut its doors. The library, which services two Prospect Heights schools sharing the same building, will remain inactive until the schools hire a librarian, a daunting task in the age of slashed budgets and shared services.”

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Baker criticizes teachers’ union for objecting to library volunteers

Boston.com – “Governor’s candidate Charlie Baker has planned a press conference at 10:30 a.m. today at Legion Field in Bridgewater to voice his outrage over the grievance filed by Bridgewater-Raynham teachers’ union that attempts to stop the use of volunteers in the school district’s libraries. “Charlie Baker believes the unions, and especially the teachers’ unions, in Massachusetts, have too much control locally and on Beacon Hill,” said Baker’s spokeswoman Amy Goodrich. “This instance of misplaced priorities exemplifies that fact.”

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Who is against library volunteers? Teachers unions in Raynham and Bridgewater

Boston Globe – “The teachers’ union in Bridgewater and Raynham has filed a labor grievance that could block volunteers from keeping the school district’s libraries open. And as word of the work action spreads, it is stirring up outrage in the two towns. Librarian positions were cut from the middle schools in both towns this year and their salaries channeled into hiring teachers to address bulging class sizes. Volunteer organizations stepped in to pick up the slack — only to be surprised and disappointed by threats of a labor complaint.”

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Libraries fading as school budget crisis deepens

AP – “Students who wished their school librarians a nice summer on the last day of school may be surprised this fall when they’re no longer around to recommend a good book or help with homework. As the school budget crisis deepens, administrators across the nation have started to view school libraries as luxuries that can be axed rather than places where kids learn to love reading and do research.”

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CILIP calls on PM Gordon Brown to make school libraries statutory

A roundup from Richard Hawkins.

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University of Kentucky Considers Dissolving School Media Program

SLJ – “It looks as if there could be another casualty in these tough economic times. The University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is thinking about dissolving its school media program in order to meet proposed budget cuts. While Dan O’Hair, dean of the university’s college of communications and information studies, says the issue is only in the analysis stage and “no decisions of any type have been reached,” faculty, graduates, and others are up in arms over the thought that a crucial part of the state’s only American Library Association (ALA)-accredited program is being considered for the chopping block.”

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President Obama Proposes Eliminating Federal School Library Funds

SLJ – “President Obama has delivered a slap in the face to school librarians. In his FY2011 budget proposal to Congress on Monday, he completely eliminated the Improving Literacy for School Libraries grant program, designed to boost academic achievement by providing students with access to up-to-date school library materials.”

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Parent wants school libraries unlocked

Canadian Gazette – “With no librarians, books sit behind closed doors.”

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Without state funding this year, Alabama’s school libraries struggle

Birmingham News – “Like Dennis, school librarians across the state are seeking out new funding sources for books and other needs, or they’re struggling to make do with what they have, after the state eliminated funding for school librar ies this year. State funding, doled out to schools at $175 per teacher unit, totaled $8.5 million last year before proration, which reduced state funding by 11 percent across the board. That al ready was down from $200 per teacher unit, or $9.7 million, the year before.”

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