New Jersey: School Librarians are Reduced in Volume
Once a staple of nearly every school, the school librarian/media specialist is feeling underappreciated these days, if not under siege.
Over the last five years, the number of certified library/media specialists in New Jersey public schools has dropped by almost 15 percent, according to the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, whose own membership has been cut almost in half.
There were 1,580 certified specialists statewide last year, down from 1,850 in 2007-08, serving about 2,500 schools.
State law now requires every school to have a library/media program, and every district to staff those programs. “But how that is all defined, that is the question,” [Pat] Massey [former president of the NJ School Library Association] said.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.