Scenes from a school library

Tillson, Tamsen
February 2004
Quill & Quire;Feb2004, Vol. 70 Issue 2, p16
The strangulation of elementary school libraries is widely attributed to a decline in public school funding. Critics argue that the funding formulas are simply inadequate. According to guidelines published by the Canadian School Library Association and the Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada, anything less than $25 a year per student is below standard; $26 to $35 is acceptable. As for staffing, the Canadian School Library Association suggests that a school of Chester Elementary School in Toronto, Ontario size should have 1.5 teacher-librarians and 1.5 clerical/technical staff positions. The percentage of Ontario elementary schools with teacher-librarians has dropped from 42% a quarter century ago to just 10% today INSET: School libraries key to renewal: Ontario minister.


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