Amid a literacy crisis, Michigan’s school librarians have all but disappeared

On August 8, 2019, Chalkbeat‘s Koby Levin, reported on the losses of school librarians in Michigan over recent years and efforts to reverse those losses.

The article references the school library impact studies that provide evidence of the value of school librarians, and credits that research for supporting the decision by Eastpointe school district to hire a school librarian for the first time in decades. (Debra E. Kachel and I summarized that research in a March 2018 Phi Delta Kappan article.)

This article provides a state perspective on Kachel‘s and my research about school librarian losses since the Great Recession, which was reported in March 2018 in School Library Journal.

In addition to appearing on the Chalkbeat site, this article was also published on August 10, 2019, by the Detroit Free Press.

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