School libraries pummeled as budget crisis worsens

Lincoln, who was honored in 2008 by the American Library Association with one of just 10 national “I love my librarian” awards, hadn’t taught French since 1972, when she and her husband were living in Australia.

“That was a real wake-up call,” said Lincoln, 61, who called the ALA for help and managed to keep her job. Now she’s working part-time at two school libraries and says she will do her best to do more than just check out books.

Even wealthy Seattle suburbs have identified the library as a target for budget cuts so they could avoid increases in class sizes.

Sandy Livingston retired this year after the Bellevue School District eliminated all its high school librarians.

“Information literacy is just so important for kids to be more successful in college,” said Livingston, 66, who worked in the Sammamish High School library for about a decade. “The kids are being hurt.”


American Association of School Librarians

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