School Libraries

Public School Losing Librarians

"When elementary and middle school students in the Port Washington-Saukville [WI] School District head to the library next year, chances are they'll find something missing. The shelves will still be crammed with books, but there may be no librarian.

"'This was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make,' Superintendent Michael Weber said. 'Cutting a librarian was certainly not something any of us wanted to do.'"

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has the rest of this sad story.

Cuts to school libraries
Jessamyn West wrote an letter to the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries on this situation last month.

City moves on consolidation with school district

Ruth noticed This One from Rochester NY, where the city has hired a consultant to explore and make recommendations about consolidating facility maintenance and elementary librarian services between the city and the Rochester School District.

SARS Fears Keep School Librarian Away From Campus

"A Fort Lauderdale school librarian did not come to work Monday because parents were afraid she could transmit the virus for severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, to their children."

"Gayle Grossman does not appear to be sick, but she did recently travel to China, which is where SARS is thought to have originated. Grossman works at Bayview Elementary, but she won't be at work for the next 10 days, which is the recommended quarantine period."

"Grossman made the decision to use her remaining sick and vacation days after several parents said they would keep their kids out of school if she returned." (from Yahoo News)

Schools look to WiFi to boost learning

Jen Young notes, CNN Is Reporting On a growing number of schools that are incorporating laptop computers and wireless Internet technology into their buildings and classrooms.

"People within schools are continually feeling that pressure to prepare students for what they're going to face after high school and college and wireless technology is certainly becoming a bigger piece,"

What's up with books? A lot!

What's up with books? A lot! takes a look at the job of today's SLMS's.
According to Fran Schulz, director of Instructional Media for Pasco County Public Schools, the terms media specialist or librarian information specialist more accurately describe the job of today's school librarian. Although some people worried the two would never fit together, books and technology have found a peaceful home in school media centers.

Kent State Launches Library Institute

"Thanks to a little nudge from his daughter, Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH) recently secured more than $2 million in federal funds to develop a pilot program at Kent State University to teach K-12 educators the value of school library resources."

"The new program, entitled the Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education, will bring together Kent State's School of Library and Information Science, College of Education, and the university library to offer various summer workshops and training sessions on "ways to encourage the effective use of school libraries in classes," says Regula, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education." (from School Library Journal)

'Stuck on Reading' promotion holds up despite scarcity of duct tape

"When 12-year-old Mason Laskey brought a note home from school stating that he needed parental permission to be taped to a wall, his father was confused."

"I thought he did something wrong," said Don Laskey of Cranberry. "I thought maybe he'd lost some kind of a bet or was being punished."

"Quite the opposite."

"Mason Laskey had won a monthlong reading contest, and was to be taped to the wall of the library in Haine elementary and middle schools to illustrate the notion that he was "stuck on reading," according to Librarian Sandra Reidmiller. (from The Post-Gazette)

I thought we were supposed to use duct tape to save ourselves from terrorists...

Teachers to work for free

Rochelle Hartman writes \"Portland teachers have reversed a decision to strike, agreeing, instead to work 10 days for free, in order to maintain health benefits and prevent cuts in education spending. Labor leaders are left scratching their heads over this one. At least these teachers are deciding for themselves, rather than having governing entities cut hours, close doors, and reassign.

Full Story \"
Meanwhile, In New Jersey A collaborative effort to save taxpayer dollars has brought educators and borough officials together in a novel plan to build a school for the district\'s youngest students and attach it to the public library.

School bans pigs stories

The BBC Is Reporting West Yorkshire head teacher has banned books containing stories about pigs from the classroom in case they offend Muslim children.
The literature has been removed from classes for under-sevens at Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley.

Sixty per cent of the school's pupils are of Pakistani or Indian origin and 99% of these pupils are Muslims.

"The books remain in the school library and there is nothing to stop our younger children having stories such as 'The Three Little Pigs' in small groups."

School libraries gathering dust

The ResourceShelf Guy sent over A Sad Story from Toronto that says 500 downtown Toronto students in three public schools haven\'t been able to use their libraries since September because the board has eliminated the staff that ran the facilities.
The board eliminated library technicians last year and while most found a way to keep their libraries functioning with teachers and parents shelving books and filling in the gaps, while others have not.

\"It\'s an important part of the school that\'s being wasted. If kids don\'t learn about how to access a library, they\'re going to be lost in years to come.\"


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