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EDUCATION: K-12: READING :

LIBRARIES: LIBRARIANS :

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UNITED STATES: CITIES: PHILADELPHIA:

Philadelphia's Librarian Dilemma

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Philadelphia's Librarian Dilemma

The City of Brotherly Love is losing librarians, despite scores of studies 
proving their value. What gives?

J. WESLEY JUDD

February 6, 2015

Pacific Standard

http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/where-have-all-the-librarians-gone

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Philadelphiaa city whose school system ranks among the nation's worsthas a 
major reading problem on its hands. On Sunday, Philadelphia Inquirer's 
Kristen Graham reported that the citys school librarian population has 
dropped by an astonishing 94 percent since 1991. Twenty-four years ago, 
there were 176 certified librarians throughout the citys 218 schoolsthere 
are now 11. This comes on the heels of the city's 2013 closure of its top 
schools librariesvictims to an unmerciful budget crisis.

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With the ubiquity of the Internet, it may seem like librariansand perhaps 
libraries in generalare quickly becoming non-essential. While the facts 
dont liea 94 percent regional drop off rate is practically a death 
sentence to any professionthe Pew Research Center recently compiled some 
data on libraries in the 21st century that might surprise you.

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People under 65 years old are actually more likely to have visited a 
library in the past year than their older counterparts. In fact, those 
between 16 and 29 are just as likely to use a library as those older than 
29.

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And those younger visitors also feel the library in an integral part of 
their neighborhood.

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A 2007 joint study by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association and 
the Education Law Center found that students with access to a full-time 
librarian are more likely to score Advanced and less likely to score Below 
Basic on reading and writing tests across all grades, but especially for 
elementary and middle school students.

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This is all to say the libraries are still importantto communities, to 
readers, and to millennials. But despite how Americans feel, it seems as 
if librarians have never been more undervalued, and the problem, 
unsurprisingly, is budgetary. Schools in Philadelphia and around the 
country simply dont have enough money.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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School cuts have decimated librarians

By Kristen A. Graham

Philadelphia Inquirer

POSTED: February 02, 2015

http://articles.philly.com/2015-02-02/news/
58679838_1_school-library-librarian-philadelphia-school-district

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The children who attend Spring Garden Elementary often come home to no 
books, let alone e-readers or Internet access. Some live in a nearby 
homeless shelter.

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So when Laureal Robinson became Spring Garden's principal five years ago, 
she had a goal in mind: to reopen the school library with a certified 
librarian.

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"We had to adopt a back-to-basics approach," Robinson said. "We had to 
make it as easy as possible for children to get books in their hands."

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Spring Garden's budget is just as tight as every other school's in the 
Philadelphia School District - it has no full-time counselor or nurse - 
but Robinson made reopening a library a priority. For five years she 
planned, using community partnerships to bring in books. In September, she 
hired a three-day-a-week librarian.

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"Having a librarian," the principal said, "just helps to support what's 
going on in the classroom, with teachers. I just felt like it was a 
necessity. It would be remiss not to have a library."

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Robinson is bucking a trend. In 1991, there were 176 certified librarians 
in city schools. Now there are 11 - for 218 schools.

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Closing school libraries? This means war

Philadelphia's school budget woes have shuttered the district's 
much-lauded libraries. It's a failure of basic civilization that cannot be 
allowed to stand.

By Stephen Segal

Philadelphia Weekly (PW)

http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/editors-note/ 
Closing-school-libraries-This-means-war-223651501.html

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And so finally it's come to this: The Philadelphia School District has 
closed its top schools' libraries due to the budget crisis. Only 15 
librarians remain in the entire district, where enrollment has already 
climbed past last year's 150,000 students. As the Inquirer reported today, 
principals at Central High and Masterman are scrambling to figure out how 
exactly they're supposed to give students an education without being able 
to give them books to read.

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Let me spell this out in no uncertain terms: The library is the single 
most important operation in any school.

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It's more important than each and every classroom.



The library is where students engage their own minds.

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The library is the place that embodies the concept of intellectual 
activity being something for a person to choose.

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Whether you are a social progressive who believes public education should 
be the nation's top funding priority, a fiscal conservative who believes a 
free market of school-choice options is the only way to keep educators 
accountable for their job performance, or a moderate who just hopes kids 
will emerge into adult society as vaguely functional human beings, there 
is nothing to debate here. Libraries are civilization.

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Whether you believe public-school teachers are tragically underpaid and 
under-appreciated martyrs to humanity's future or lazy union employees who 
enjoy coasting on tenure and seniority through a lifetime of ten-month 
work years, there is nothing to debate here. Libraries are education.

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Whether you point a finger of blame for our sorry school system at 
negligent parents, corrupt politicians, inner-city violence or an uncaring 
corporate nation that prefers to raise mindless consumers rather than 
engaged citizens, there is nothing to debate here. Libraries are 
sanctuary.

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A school where students are not free to use a library is not a school. 
It's a multiple-choice indoctrination camp.

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JUNE 30, 2014

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

Fact Tank

Pew Research Center

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/06/30/ 
7-surprises-about-libraries-in-our-surveys/

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http://tinyurl.com/n976ocy

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E-book reading is rising but just 4% of Americans are e-book only readers.

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Those who read both e-books and printed books prefer reading in the 
different formats under different circumstances.

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