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ERIC Number: EJ1165239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Students Need Libraries--In HISD and Every School District
Hand, Dorcas
Knowledge Quest, v46 n3 p9-13 Jan-Feb 2018
Catalyst: Another newspaper article ("Ranks of School Librarians Dwindle in HISD, Statewide" in the October 7, 2013, "Houston Chronicle") detailing another decision by a Houston Independent School District (HISD) campus principal to eliminate the librarian (Mellon 2013). In response to this article, Dorcas Hand, an experienced school librarian not employed by the district, argues that these librarians are strong practitioners who are losing their jobs because a new principal has been told this will be the easiest way to balance the budget. This principal needs a better understanding! The goal? To find like minded-folks to work together and identify the root causes of the elimination of so many school librarians in HISD, and work for change. This article details each step Hand and Debbie Hall (a retired HISD librarian who also worked at the district level in the HISD Department of Library Services) took to make this change a reality including the progress they achieved, strategic directions they took, broad-based support they gained (and how), and their plans for the future. [This article was written with Debbie Hall.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Houston)
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