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Hi - I am a librarian in Tucson Unified School District in Arizona. Due to
some tough financial times and a basic lack of understanding of what exactly
it is that we do, the site councils in over 70 of our 100+ schools have
chosen to let the librarian go for next year.  Of those 70+ schools, some
have chosen to keep an assistant at least part-time to run circulation and
provide access to materials for the students.  But, in the other schools, 38
of our 70 elementaries, 9 of our 19 middle schools, and 5 of our 12 high
schools, there is absolutely no one staffing the library.  Our collections
are worth just under $25 million, with $10,665,302.89 being
unsupervised/protected for next year. 

What models have other districts used to protect the collections and ensure
access to the materials to the students without the entire collection
walking out the door?  I need to present some options to the powers that be
next week and to the Governing Board the week after.  Any ideas out there? 


Cheryl Beran, Librarian
Catalina Magnet High School
Tucson, AZ 







Kate Gallion


"It is more than ironic that school districts are willing to spend hundreds
of thousands of dollars on reading programs and staff development which have
had limited success in boosting test scores, but are unwilling to invest in
school library programs that show such direct correlations to student
success," researcher Douglas Achterman wrote in a 2008 study of California
school libraries.



School Librarian ~ Teacher

TUSD Alternative Education

Project MORE H.S.

440 S. Park

Tucson, AZ  85719






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