[ISLMA-Share] District Librarian

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All these things and the district won't be eligible for State Library money
if they don't have the appropriate personnel in place.

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 10:09 PM, Email list for the Illinois School
Library Media Association <islma at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:

> Librarians,
> I need your help.  My school district’s administration proposed on Monday
> the cutting of 7 of our 8 librarians for next year in order to save money.
> The one remaining librarian would serve as the District Librarian and would
> be stationed at the high school.  Their daily schedule (4 block) would be 1
> block in the library, 2 blocks teaching in a content area, and 1 block for
> prep.  Based on this schedule, the District Librarian would only have ¼ of
> their day to maintain the collection for the entire district.  The district
> is comprised of 4,500 students in 5 elementary schools, 2 junior highs, and
> 1 high school.  The other 7 school libraries will be staffed with aides who
> will be tasked to check in and out books to students and complete a yearly
> inventory.
> I am looking for anyone who is a District Librarian to share with me their
> current job description.  I am also looking for any data that you have
> concerning how only having 1 librarian for this size of a student
> population impacts reading ability, test scores, delivery of instruction,
> etc.  If you have any suggestions on what we can do to save our librarians,
> please share.  I would need this information by Friday as our board will be
> voting on the matter on Tuesday.  Please email me at
> jccampbell07 at gmail.com.  Thank you in advance for helping me on this
> matter.
> Jen Campbell
> Galesburg High School
> Galesburg CUSD #205
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Carolyn Mesick
Library Media Specialist,
Moline Sr. High School
District Coordinator of Library Services,
Moline District 40

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