Saturday, August 24, 2013

No Professional Staffing in Harrisburg Public School Libraries: Hey, guys, everyone's doin' it!

The path to success in school comes through the library door: As I See It. (Harrisburg Patriot-News, 8/23/2013)

All the more reason to do it.

Yup, let's be myopic and reap those short-term gains, and to hell with student learning and achievement.

Excerpt:    Without a librarian to manage things, Pennsylvania's POWER Library databases and e-books, to which every school has access via licenses to digital resources provided by the state, will go unused. 

Without a librarian to manage things, and keep the technology and collection up to date, books start disappearing. Classroom teachers stop using the library. After a while, the library door is permanently locked. Renovating and reopening a closed school library actually can be more expensive than the money saved through initial cuts.

Not to mention the research.

Related posts:
Dipping into American Libraries' "The State of America's Libraries 2013".   (4/16/2013)
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Champions "Limitless Library" Program.  (2/20/2013)
Follow-up Article, Please: Impact of Brown Deer School District IMCs on Student Performance.  (4/23/2012)
School Libraries: "Technology has changed the lay of the land".  (4/4/2012)
School Library Research Summarized: "Quality school library programs impact student achievement".  (5/10/2011)
Rockford Public School Libraries: "You're really looking at a warehouse right now".  (5/8/2011)
Alabama School Library Become Prom Boutique.  (5/7/2011)
School Library Uses Books Trailers to Boost Interest in Reading.  (3/27/2011)
New and Larger School Library Sparks Students' Interest in Reading.  (12/26/2010)
The 'Book Doctor' Is In @ the Clayton Elementary School Library.  (10/30/2010)
Teachers union chief pushes for libraries in Philadelphia schools.  (11/24/2010)
The Strong Relationship Between Academic Achievement and Good School Libraries.  (11/13/2010)
Shonda Brisco: A Nation Without School Libraries.  (4/16/2010)
New York Times "Room for Debate": Do School Libraries Need Books?.  (2/12/2010)
"The Unquiet Librarian" Responds (Eloquently) to President Obama's FY2011 Education Budget.  (2/2/2010)
President Obama Proposes Eliminating Federal School Library Funds.  (2/1/2010)
Emergency drive seeks books for Cleveland school libraries.  (1/17/2010)
Take Your Pick: Jailing Teachers or Supporting School Libraries.  (1/7/2010)
Speaking Out in Support of School Librarians.  (3/11/2009)
The Value of School Librarians.  (2/16/2009)

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