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.
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)