By Chris Roberts, NBC SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA NEWS | http://bit.ly/vTRa88
Getty Images | There are fewer and fewer school librarians in California.
Monday, Jan 2, 2012 | Updated 2:05 PM PST :: If you can read this, don't thank a school librarian -- they're too hard to find.
Fewer than 25 percent of Caliornia public schools are staffed with a school librarian, according to SFGate.
●● smf : The above SFGate/SF Chronicle citation and link is to a month old California Watch article, previously posted, additionally researched and commented on in 4LAKidsNews HERE: FEWER CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS KEEP LIBRARIANS ON STAFF + Three research studies http://bit.ly/sx4GEv
That makes about 900 school librarians across the state, according to Department of Education statistics -- or the lowest ratio of librarians-to-students in the country.
With budgets sliced and diced to balance big statewide deficits in Sacramento, school librarians are often the first to go, according to the report. Schools will try to share librarians between three campuses, or ask parent volunteers to fill in to tell students where the books are kept.
But since students rely more on technology and computers in classrooms, some educators and executives question the need for librarians, many of whom don't spend time teaching children how to read or advising what books to take up next. They do teach copyright information and how to do research, however -- and schools with on-site librarians also record higher test scores, according to studies.
Fewer books are also being checked out in schools that applied for grants for the federal government -- and as for research techniques, does anyone really need a full-time staffer to tell them how to use Google?
●● smf : The argument that schools with on-site librarians also record higher test scores is research based and data driven; The argument: Does anyone really need a full-time staffer to tell them how to use Google is
2. Google propaganda – especially as it is made by Ze'ev Wurman, a Silicon Valley software developer in the field of programmable logic - cited on Google as 1.globally recognized as an educational standards expert and 2. co-creator of “California’s mile-wide and inch-deep content standards”.
3. Presumes that Google is the sine qua non of research methodology, logically programmed or not.