Recent trends in library staffing for Colorado public schools are cause for concern. Changes in the numbers of school librarians and library aides between 2000 and 2002, and particularly their changing educational composition, suggest that school librarianship in Colorado is being de-professionalized. Because research links the presence and involvement of professional school librarians with higher CSAP test scores, this trend is an alarming one.
Net Loss in Number of School Librarians
Between 2000 and 2002…
- There was a net loss of 14 school librarian positions.
- While 17 additional librarians with bachelor’s degrees were added, 31 librarians with master’s degrees were lost.
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