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ERIC Number: EJ927215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-1
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
SLJ's Spending Survey: As the Economy Limps along and Federal Dollars Dwindle, School Librarians Are Turning into Resourceful Survivors
Farmer, Lesley
School Library Journal, v57 n3 p42-47 Mar 2011
This article presents the results of the latest "SLJ" survey of school expenditures and collections for 2009-2010. The survey reveals that librarians have used a variety of coping techniques to weather this economic storm, whether it is servicing more than one school, using additional volunteers, taking on more tasks, or seeking outside funding. "Nearly all resource purchases are done via donation or grant writing," writes one of the resourceful 833 library staffers who responded to the budget survey. The author found that huge inequities remain. Overall, elementary school libraries continue to be short-staffed, and they had shorter operating hours than other school levels. Middle schools had the least technology. High schools were the hardest hit budget-wise. While the economy continued to chip away at library budgets nationwide, Western states, which have the largest schools, had less library staff and smaller budgets than their counterparts in other regions. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A