School Libraries

School libraries gathering dust

The ResourceShelf Guy sent over A Sad Story from Toronto that says 500 downtown Toronto students in three public schools haven\'t been able to use their libraries since September because the board has eliminated the staff that ran the facilities.
The board eliminated library technicians last year and while most found a way to keep their libraries functioning with teachers and parents shelving books and filling in the gaps, while others have not.

\"It\'s an important part of the school that\'s being wasted. If kids don\'t learn about how to access a library, they\'re going to be lost in years to come.\"

School shelves gather dust

Gary D. Price sent over a Sad Little Story on The Patriot Elementary School\'s new library in Bakersfield, California.
For about 565 pupils, the library has just more than 3,000 books, far below the state Department of Education\'s goal of 20 \"updated, relevant, enticing books per student.\"

According to Patriot Principal Diane Dalton and library clerk Kelly Lawrence, the school hopes to accumulate at least 8,000 more books within the next four years, at around $20 a pop for good hardbacks. That\'s about $160,000.

\"It\'s funny,\" Jeffus said. \"You can get money to fund a new building, but you have a limited amount of startup funding for a library. It\'s a rare new school library that looks like it\'s adequate. Parents walk in and the buildings are beautiful but the shelves are very empty.\"

IA Bill Would Require Schools To Have Librarian, Counselor

A Short Story from Iowa says A bill introduced in the Legislature would require school districts to hire librarians and counselors. A spokesman for School Administrators of Iowa says they\'d agree that hiring guidance counselors and librarians is good for schools, but budgets won\'t allow it.

I tried to Find The Bill, but had no luck.

A Superintendent\'s Pearls of Wisdom

I read this column in Newsday the other day about a superindendent who cared more about his students than upsetting tenured teachers who thought they could not work and still keep their job. Check out this quote:

\"One librarian was notified, for example, that her library was officially closed, until she catalogued and placed on shelves all the hundreds of new books that she had allowed to remain in boxes over the past three years.\"

Pupil \'suspended\' after he Asked f&%king Jeeves

\"An Essex schoolboy is currently under police investigation after he sent an \"extremely abusive email\" to staff at search outfit Ask Jeeves.\"

\"The 72-word rant contained a heavy sprinkling of expletives before ending with the threat of bodily harm.\"

\"It seems, he was dissatisfied with the performance of the Ask Jeeves search engine.\"

\"Unfortunately, he sent the email from his school email account, so Ask Jeeves decided to forward it to his headmaster. (from The Register)

S. Florida middle schools told they don\'t have enough books

One From Florida, where they say As the number of middle school students in South Florida has boomed, school libraries have struggled to keep pace with children\'s need for reading materials.

Now middle schools are being told by a regional accrediting organization to increase their number of books by as much as 50 percent -- at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars during lean budget times.

While some of the money would be used for popular novels, schools would also buy multicultural texts, books that support the high-stakes FCAT exam and resources that supplement textbook materials.

\"If we\'re not careful, we\'ll have a whole generation of people who want the quick snapshot of what happened and won\'t take the time to see the whole picture,\"

Books Drown In Washington

A Sad Story from Washington, where thousands of books are being dumped at Breidablik Elementary in Poulsbo as a result of a small fire in a reptile cage.
The fire started overnight and was quickly extinguished by an automatic sprinkler system, but, as the old saying goes, books and water don't mix.
A former school librarian Jan Johnson called it every librarian's, every parent's, worst nightmare "They look at the books and say... gee that was my favorite book. We can't throw that one away. Can't we save that one, because they remember all the stories."

Don't worry though, The two bearded dragons, Kevin and Ishtar are just fine.

Librarian shortage hits home

Xuening writes \"This year, the West Chester Area School District was fortunate.
The district only waited 60 days for its new high school librarian to show up for work. And it received two applications for the yearlong librarian’s position at Pierce Middle School. Librarian’s \"are the hen’s teeth. You can’t find librarians,\" said Susan Tiernan, the language arts supervisor for the 15-school district. \"You’re lucky if you get a couple of applicants.\"

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PowerPoint Goes to School

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story in the November 12th issue on the use of PPT in schools. They say even 2nd graders use it now. They also add the software tool also has its doubters, who worry that it is reducing writing to phrases and talking points and covering up weak content with dazzling graphics. "Writing has eroded seriously," says C. Peter McGrath, who heads the commission and previously was president of the universities of Missouri and Minnesota.

"We have children begging" to present their PowerPoint projects, adds Sandra Mammenga, principal of Central Heights Elementary, "You don't see that with a little report that they put into the teachers' basket."

Low-budget libraries have high cost

Kathleen de la Pena McCook sent over a Sad Story Florida's school libraries. They say the academic backbone of Florida's schools is becoming little more than a warehouse for old, useless books.
An Orlando Sentinel investigation of school libraries across the state found a system educators call a national embarrassment. Outdated books occupy shelves. Untrained clerks oversee dozens of media centers. Libraries close frequently for testing and picture days.

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