In Lean Times, Schools Squeeze Out Librarians
Budget belt-tightening threatens to send school librarians the way of the card catalog.
The schools superintendent in Lancaster, Pa., said he had to eliminate 15 of the district’s 20 librarians to save full-day kindergarten classes.
In the Salem-Keizer school district in Oregon, all 48 elementary and middle school librarians would lose their jobs under a budget proposal that faces a vote next week.
And in New York City, half of the secondary schools appear to be in violation of a state regulation
requiring them to have a librarian on staff, with the city currently employing 365 licensed librarians.
“The dilemma that schools will face is whether to cut a teacher who has been working with kids all day long in a classroom or cut teachers who are working in a support capacity, like librarians,” the city’s chief academic officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky, said in an interview.
“It’s the way of the future,” he said.