ERIC Number: EJ930762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 2
What Happens when Media Positions Are Cut?
Anderson, Mary Alice
Library Media Connection, v29 n6 p16-18 May-Jun 2011
Cuts abound despite an infusion of technology, restructured media programs, and research connecting media specialists to improved student achievement. Verbal and written support about the value of a library or media specialist has not translated into monetary support at a time of universal funding problems. All grade levels and district sizes are affected; cuts are widespread, no longer most likely to occur in elementary schools and rural, small, or poor districts. Where positions are eliminated, media centers are staffed by unlicensed support staff, technical support, or volunteers. Reading and technology specialists step in to fill the gap. A busy administrator with no school library media background provides supervision, if there is any. Support staff positions are also affected. This article discusses what happens when media positions are cut. Stories shared in this article are personal, anecdotal, and often painful. They represent the perspectives of media specialists from several states who generously shared their stories.
Descriptors: Technical Support, School Libraries, Media Specialists, Academic Achievement, Librarians, Information Technology
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