Slicing librarian jobs undercuts reading goals

Iowa is one of the many states cutting librarian positions from schools. This Des Moines Register Editorial says that Iowa schools have 157 fewer full-time and part-time librarians than they did five years ago.

This is an example of why the Legislature needs to restore adequate school funding. Iowans can’t expect academic achievement to rise while cutbacks erode parts of the education system that make the classroom teacher most effective.

Cutting library services is not just a small-schools issue.