I figured the title of this post might get you to click and care.
Picture: A topless librarian checking in books and checking out books. Just sit with that visual. That would make going to the library an entirely different experience…yikes.
I like libraries. What a concept. Anyone can walk into a public library and can check out a book for free! A library is like a huge home that takes care of books no matter how old they become. Libraries are elegant or sad depending on the zip code. Libraries are examples of democracy because they allow people of all socio-economic backgrounds to enjoy access to great literature and access to the internet. And I still cannot get over you can check out books for free. What a concept.
For the past 15 to 20 years libraries across the nation have seen budget cuts that are so harsh eventually each institution must decide whether or not to hire a credentialed librarian. Yep, most elementary, middle, and high schools have gotten rid of their school librarians. You would think a school librarian would be one of the most important educational positions at a school but unfortunately since there is no way to measure their performance–using test scores– librarians across the nation were given their walking papers. Schools–you know institutions of learning– have removed librarians from their libraries. Genius.
Most librarians have been replaced with library technicians aka cheap labor. Check them in. Check them out. Keep them in order and occasionally dust. No need to curate a school library when you can get it for cheap. And now schools have decided to redesign their libraries…get rid of their collection to make room for storage.
You know what kind of schools don’t have libraries? Poor schools. Underprivileged communities and who needs access to good books at school after all?
If you don’t have a library with a credentialed librarian at your children’s schools then you are getting “screwed” by your school principal and school district’s superintendent. I teach at a top rated high school in the United States. There are million dollar homes across the street from our school. Parents rent apartments so as to enroll their children in a superior public high school but for some reason there is no money available to care for our school library.
Our high school library has been recently destroyed by a group of administrative morons. They have lied and fabricated a myriad of ridiculous reasons to diminish the size of our library collection “cuz those books are old”. Dismantling a library is never a solution to any problem. As a matter of fact it is creating a list of problems beginning with: it is a fucking horrible idea disguised as a logical solution.