Texas: Ranks of School Librarians Dwindle in Houston Ind. School District, Statewide
Across Texas, the number of certified school librarians like Burgert has dropped 10 percent since 2009, in part because of limited budgets and the growth of digital books. The decline has been particularly sharp in HISD.
Certified school librarians in Texas must complete a teacher-training program with a library specialty, pass an exam, teach for two years and have a master’s degree.
Roughly 60 percent of HISD schools do not have certified librarians this year, according to district data. Some have teachers, lower-paid clerks or instructional aides working in the library. Some have closed their libraries.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) 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. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.