Tag Archives: School Libraries

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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Do schools need libraries and librarians

School Gate – “A teaching assistant and award-winning librarian explains why they do”

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School chooses Kindle; are libraries for the history ‘books’?

USA Today – “[T]he venerable boarding school west of Boston — the first in the USA to admit both boys and girls — last summer undertook another first: It began getting rid of most of the library’s books. In their place: a fully digital collection.”

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Carnegie’s Legacy Threatened, Along with Children’s Library Services

SLJ – “A piece of Andrew Carnegie’s legacy could fall into jeopardy if the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh follows through with closing four branches, and potentially curtailing children and teen services for local communities as well. Pittsburgh’s public library system must close four of its 19 branches, merge two, and relocate another to balance its dwindling budget in these tough economic times.”

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School libraries feel pinch of cuts

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – “Reductions in state budget may jeopardize online databases, statewide catalog of resources.”

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Boy Lifts Book; Librarian Changes Boy’s Life

NPR – “Olly Neal grew up in Arkansas during the 1950s. He didn’t care much for high school. One day during his senior year, he cut class — and wandered into the school library.”

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Target Helps Ailing School Libraries Across the Country with Extreme Makeovers

Press Release – “Target and The Heart of America Foundation will officially kick-off the Target Volunteers School Library Makeover program with the unveiling of one of sixteen extreme school library transformations in New York City on September 10, in support of the United We Serve nationwide service initiative. The additional unveilings, along with even more school donations, will happen across the country throughout September and October, just in time for the new school year. ”

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