[Alis] New York Times: In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update

Kathryn Corrigan kcorriga at mail.usf.edu
Tue Feb 17 09:46:17 EST 2009

By MOTOKO RICH<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/motoko_rich/index.html?inline=nyt-per>
Published: February 15, 2009, New York Times (online)-

*Some of these new librarians teach children how to develop PowerPoint
presentations or create online videos. Others get students to use social
networking sites to debate topics from history or comment on classmates'
creative writing. Yet as school librarians increasingly teach students
crucial skills needed not only in school, but also on the job and in daily
life, they are often the first casualties of school budget crunches. *

*Mesa, the largest school district in Arizona, began phasing out certified
librarians from most of its schools last year. In Spokane, Wash., the school
district cut back the hours of its librarians in 2007, prompting an outcry
among local parents. More than 90 percent of American public schools have
libraries, according to federal statistics, but less than two-thirds employ
full-time certified librarians.*
*Lisa Layera Brunkan, a mother of three in Spokane, said she recognized the
importance of the school librarian when her daughter, who was 7 at the time,
started demonstrating a PowerPoint project. "She said, 'The librarian taught
me,' " Ms. Brunkan recalled. "I was just stunned."*

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