Without media specialists in the schools, the district is scrambling to find other ways to give students the library access that they need. Elyria is planning to work with the local public libraries to see how they might be able to step in with electronic links or even bookmobiles, says Stephens. In addition, principals will be asked to run libraries, with teachers then managing students in the libraries, he adds.
“They’re expensive for us to run,” he says of school libraries. “We want students to have access but not spend as much money on them.”
The library is not just about access to the resources, it’s about access to competent information professionals that can teach students.
I also find the personal element, knowing your students, to be so important. As much as the public library may be able to help, it’s not going to be the same as having a professional in the school.
This makes me feel ill.