In Teach Naked, I shared an article which advocated abandoning technology as a classroom tool.
It seems that other "transformations" are being considered.
In Is the book closed on school librarians? we learn about a decision by the Las Virgenes Unified School District to replace six teacher/librarian jobs with three "media specialist" positions due to budget considerations.
"Dan Stepenosky, LVUSD assistant superintendent of personnel, said the positions were based upon 'a hybrid of skills and services that were previously performed by the technology teachers on special assignment and school librarians.'"
His district hopes to
- cut costs
- focus on technology and 21st Century skills
- collaborate more closely with public libraries
All of the above are worthy goals. However, I wonder about the "traditional" school library services that might be lost:
- guidance in book selection
- time-of-need reference assistance
- "extras" like book clubs, book fairs, story time, and other literary-themed activities
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