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\"It\'s time for librarians to fight back against budget cuts and layoffs, the handiwork of forces that ignore you -- or worse, would diminish or eliminate you. The way to fight back is to make the role and contributions of school librarians visible to those people who have the power to make a difference.\"
But hey, everything we need is on the internet now, right?
\"Across Canada, teacher-librarians are a vanishing breed. Their acquisition budgets have nearly vanished, too. Public libraries have cut back on hours and staff who know what children like to read. And instead of buying new library books, schools are pouring millions into computers and Internet connections.\"
\"Some people think the School Librarian is a tame and innocuous creature. But behind the bun, the tweed and the glasses lurks a fiery defender of Children\'s Right to Know. By fostering the inquiring minds of our youth, regardless of race, sex or attention deficit disorder, she symbolizes one of our most cherished freedoms -- the freedom to learn.\"
Some Colorado school students have broken a record by reading. The program, Focus on Reading, pays students for each page they read. The money goes toward school libraries. This year, the students want part of the money to go toward replacing books for some schools near the WTC. More
After finding \"suspicious particles\" in a box of interloaned books, the Taunton High School Library (MA) was evacuated. A Hazardous Materials Emergency Response team collected and tested the material and discovered that it was nothing more than birdseed. According to the article, \"Only two librarians were in the library at the time and for precautionary reasons they were sent to the nurse\'s office to have their hands washed. Students were told of the incident at the school and urged not to panic or be alarmed.\" more... from The Taunton Gazette.
This may be the second or third time we\'ve run this type of story, and for some reason they always seem to focus on School Librarians. Never any mention of the shortage driving salaries up, however.
\"The challenge has just been staying abreast,\" Walls said. \"Things change so fast. . . . That\'s been the hardest thing, the most exciting thing too.\"
Award-winning children\'s book author and National Children\'s Book and Literacy Alliance founder Mary Brigid Barrett will make the case for improving school libraries this Saturday at the National Book Festival in Washington:
Libraries and librarians are in the forefront of literacy outreach, Barrett says. While organizations that give children books are providing a valuable service, they can never replace libraries. \'\'Giving a child one or two books is like giving him one free breakfast when he\'s starving,\'\' she said. School libraries are particularly needed today, because most children cannot walk to their public libraries. Libraries in urban areas may present a safety threat, and in rural areas, the distances are often too great.
Barrett says that her work with senators Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican, on legislation to increase funding for school libraries has revealed some disturbing information . . .
Katie Dean writes...
\"Over the next year, schools will be in danger of losing precious technology funding unless they can certify they have a filtering system that blocks obscene websites.
The Children\'s Internet Protection Act requires that by Oct. 28, schools must certify that they are either in compliance with filtering requirements, or are in the process of becoming compliant by evaluating blocking software. For many schools, it will be easy to comply. According to the Consortium for School Networking, 75 percent of schools use filtering already.\" more... from Wired News.
For The Tribune Chronicle, John Booth writes...
\"By next fall, students in Trumbull County, OH will have a card catalog at their fingertips that stretches from Bloomfield to Hubbard, from Kinsman to Newton Falls. The final pieces of the puzzle are ready to fall into place, thanks to grant money enabling 16 school libraries in four districts to automate their card catalogs and link their computers to a countywide network. Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded through the State Library of Ohio will provide more than $156,000 for the projects. In order to earn the grant, the schools had to agree to spend one-quarter of the funding - just more than $52,000.\" more...
Tanya writes \"There is a happy ending to this story I sent in earlier in the week. School librarians in Jeff Parish will not be shifted to new jobs after all. Read about it here:
The items adopted would increase the student/teacher ratio in classrooms to 28-1 and eliminate some overstaffed clerical positions. The possibility of having their jobs cut brought several librarians to the meeting. Most said they were ecstatic with the outcome.