[Must-stop-reading. Must stop reading: blogs, newspapers, ASCD Smartbrief e-mails, Facebook posts, magazines, etc. When I read, I get engaged. When I get engaged, I form an opinion. When I form an opinion, I often feel compelled to post on my blog. So, instead of doing my laundry, I am sitting at my computer.]
The answer to the question “Are School Librarians Expendable?” , posed in a recent New York Times “Room for Debate” piece, is a resounding NO! NO! NO!
Of course they are not. Kids, parents, teachers, and the wider school community all need school librarians. My middle school library is one of the busiest places in the entire school. All day, every day. Our talented, capable, and ever-helpful school librarian is one staff member whom we could NOT do without.
Read the piece–check out the debate–and get back to me on Yea or Nay (with details, please) about the need for SCHOOL librarians (really referred to now as media specialists). And, be careful. If you disagree with me and the writer Jessamyn West, I know another passionate and dedicated (and over-worked) school librarian pal that I can sic on you.
You have been warned!