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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
School librarian decline study
A recent report highlights an ongoing
decline in the number of districts nationwide with school librarians. According
to the findings, there were about 20% fewer librarians during the 2018–2019
school year in the 13,000 districts examined than a decade prior. But the absence
of these educators isn’t equally distributed: Smaller, rural districts, and
those with higher proportions of English-language learners, Latinx students,
and low-income students were more likely to lack a librarian.
Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance write: “Most of us know there have
been large losses of school librarians over the past two decades. What is less
well known—and begs for attention—is that these losses pose a major educational
equity issue.In our new
we found that everyone isn’t losing their librarians; losses tend to occur in
districts where there are more students living in poverty, more minority
students, and more English-language learners. Districts with fewer such
students are far more likely to have and maintain librarians. The other news is
that, since 2015–2016, several states have begun to see net increases in their
numbers of school librarians.”