Call for Stories: The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Library Staffing and Resources

As we all return to our classrooms, please take a moment to let me know how your media center has been impacted by the economic downturn relative to state and local funding.  We need to supply information to the staff of the education funding commission and your stories have resonance.

I assume many of you have heard that the Atlanta Public School system is pulling media specialists to place them in classrooms.  Other systems in the state have some media centers staffed only with parapros/clerks and we know that in other states, media centers have been closed or staffed by volunteers.

Please let us hear your story. For example, “I am assigned a parapro in my elementary media center, but with budget cuts, she has duties outside the media center every day after 10:30.  Our school would show that we have a full-time media specialist and a full-time parapro, but the reality is that we have a 0.3 media parapro.”  or “My media center always got at least the 90% of the full allotment for materials, but now my principal says it’s needed for other things like copy paper and test-prep books, so I should work hard for a successful book fair.  My cost-center budget is $500 for this year.”

As always, I will not identify you, your school, or even your district.  I will only report only the school level (elementary, middle, or high) and the region of the state.

PLEASE help us advocate for our programs state-wide.  You may e-mail your confidential story to

Nan Brown


About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

Posted on August 6, 2011, in Advocacy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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