More bad news for school librarians

Part of the reason I decided to go into library science (besides my great love for books and libraries) was because there were school librarian jobs everywhere I turned, but this year, some schools are replacing librarians with aids and funding is being whittled away.

This appeared in the School Library Journal today: President Obama Proposes Eliminating Federal School Library Funds.

Here is part of the article:

President Obama has delivered a slap in the face to school librarians. In his FY2011 budget proposal to Congress on Monday, he completely eliminated the Improving Literacy for School Libraries grant program, designed to boost academic achievement by providing students with access to up-to-date school library materials.

President Obama unveils the fiscal year 2011 budget, which wipes out federal funding specifically earmarked for school libraries.

Although Obama’s proposal includes a $400 billion investment in education, there’s no mention of federal funds specifically geared toward school libraries—and that means schools with at least 20 percent of students coming from families who live below the poverty line will no longer have access to those badly needed monies for everything from library books and extended hours to technology and professional development.

“I’m shocked,” says Cassandra Barnett, president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)  and a media specialist at Fayetteville High School in Arkansas. “On one level, I’m angry, and on another level, I’m highly disappointed. This is a real morale killer.”

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