This year, Federal Way cut 20 librarian positions. Spokane reduced 10 librarians to half time. Darrington cut two librarians. A school in Marysville eliminated its half-time librarian.Click through to read how parent activists are pressuring the legislature to make librarians legally recognized as equally valuable contributors in education, to which I say, "Amen and amen."
Libraries are open fewer hours, programs minimized, jobs combined. In many cases, part timers with little formal library training are replacing skilled veterans. In Pomeroy, Garfield County, a school employs a combination custodian-librarian — she opens the library after cleaning the locker rooms.
At one school, parents said, enough is enough.
Jan 3, 2008
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