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As the months of April, May, and June continue to bring bad news about
school librarians being cut from the teaching staffs for the 2010-2011
school year, I wanted to remind each of you to ADD the school districts that
are cutting those school librarians to the *Google Maps Project:  A Nation
Without School Librarians:*

This will help in providing a visual representation of where those cuts are
made and the impact that those decisions (cutting the school librarian from
the staff / eliminating the school library budget) will make on the future
of our students.

If you feel that you do not want to add a "pin" to the map because it shows
who added that information, you are welcome to send me the information
(including your school's name, city, state, and the information about the
number of librarians being cut, the number of students served, etc.)  I will
add the content to the map on your behalf.

While this is a very sad visual display, the interesting thing is that other
school librarians in other countries have been asking if I minded if they
created their own country's map.  Soon, I'm afraid, it will be a world
without school librarians.

But...don't give up!  Keep the Faith!  It's not over yet.

Thanks again for all your help!


Shonda Brisco
Assistant Professor / Curriculum Materials Librarian
Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library
001 Willard Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

"Digital Resources" columnist
School Library Journal

"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 direct
correlations to student success."

~ Douglas Achterman,  2008 Study of California School Libraries

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