Currently, school librarians serve multiple school libraries with little or no library budget, yet they continue to play an integral role in student achievement and in their collaborative efforts with teaching faculty. On any given day, school librarians may teach students how to evaluate and properly cite web sources, teach research strategies, give note-taking and study skills lessons, instruct students on how to research career options, assist students in navigating the college application process, review and edit writing assignments, brainstorm with teaching faculty on technology-related staff development, and more.
The Santa Rosa School District is proposing to cut 7 1/2 school librarian positions. This will leave only 1 full-time position to oversee libraries at 5 high schools, 5 middle schools, 11 elementary schools, and 4 alternative schools that serve over 16,500 students and 850 teachers.
The collaborative efforts between these school librarians and the K-12 teachers will be lost thereby continuing to increase teacher workload and further impeding the long-term success of students