Understaffing in Ontario’s Elementary School Libraries

The CLA is Reporting on a staff shortage across the river in Ontario. Ontario’s elementary school libraries are so understaffed that many are open only five hours per week.

\"The results of the survey, which has been conducted annually since 1998, show that the number of libraries in Ontario staffed by teacher-librarians has declined by 15 per cent over the last three years (for more details, see (The Report). And according to the report, constraints in the provincial funding formula have caused a number of boards to eliminate teacher-librarians altogether. Not surprisingly, the survey also found that the trend toward volunteer staffing of libraries has continued.\"

Ontario, Canada, that is. It\'s lovely this time of year.

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