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Students, employees plead for local school librarian jobs during tough times

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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 12:00 am

Heather Chappell is surrounded by love — literally.

On the walls of Creekside Elementary School where she is the librarian, students have decorated red and pink paper hearts by finishing the sentence, "I love my library because …"

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  • posted at 4:24 am on Sun, Mar 21, 2010.


    "School librarians are nice, but" ???Before parents accept the wisdom of a school board to cut school librarians, they should ask: Will my child graduate with a 21st century resume, or a 19th century transcript? Can he use collaborative technology, such as wikis? When a search engine returns 105 million results, can she student find the five that will set her paper apart? With the Web evolving by the minute, can classroom teachers alone, stressed by assessment-testing and ever-growing paperwork burdens, help students figure this all out? As the information landscape becomes ever more complex, why does a school district want to abandon its professional guides to it?Mark Moran, CEO, Dulcinea Media

  • posted at 4:05 am on Sun, Mar 21, 2010.


    Internet Killed The Library Star

  • posted at 4:29 am on Sat, Mar 20, 2010.


    Back in the day, I was an assistant school librarian for a H.S. in in another county. I loved my job, and looking back, I know I did so much more reading then, then I do now. Reading is so important for children, especially in this digital/electronic age we live in. My husband was talking to a co-worker not too long ago now about some of his favorite actors/actresses, and most of his favorites are movies of the B&W, early color era - 30's, 40's, 50's. Stars like Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Abbott & Costello. When talking about a favorite movie and the actors in the movie, the young man in his early to mid 20's said he didn't even know who these people were. Is that the future of our kids in re: to books? That they will never experience the classics by Jack London or others? I would hate to see that happen.



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