If you walk into a library and find an inappropriate bulletin board posting in the children’s section of the library, what do you think will happen to you if you voice your opposition?
If you bring it up to the library’s attention, they will say “thank you” and not remove the posting. If you persist, they state “Libraries do not bow to pressures to remove materials, images or information from our collections/premises.”
Longwood University has recently added a new graduate degree to its curriculum. Longwood will be the first public institution in Virginia to offer a Master of Education degree program in School Librarianship.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons Things may be looking up for school libraries in the commonwealth. Researchers say school libraries across Pennsylvania are still lacking the proper resources, but staffing levels may be increasing in the next school year. In 2011, the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association did a statewide survey of 78 percent of the school districts in the commonwealth, and found many programs wanting. Subsequent studies tracked changes in staffing levels - because budget cuts made the state Department of Education unable to follow such developments alone. Mary K. Biagini, associate professor of information science at the University of Pittsburgh, assisted with the surveys. The big drop happened about three years ago with state budget cuts, when about 100 school librarian positions were eliminated.
Forty-eight hours after Siouxland Libraries announced its partnership with a music and video streaming company called Hoopla Digital, the soundtrack from the movie “Frozen” was the most popular item checked out.
Within that period, 177 people had registered to use the streaming digital service with 272 items in circulation, said Heather Stephenson, electronic resources librarian for Siouxland Libraries.
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