Decision to axe school librarians in Argyll ‘utterly disgraceful’

The Bookseller is reporting that campaigners have derided the decision by Scotland’s Argyll and Bute Council to axe librarians from schools in the region as “utterly astonishing” and “disgraceful”.

As part of an attempt to make £9m worth of savings from its budget in the next two years, the council made the decision to remove 10 librarians from schools in the region last Thursday (11th February), despite widespread protest from library campaigners …

Campaign group Save Scotland’s Libraries has said the impact this “outrageous” decision will have on school children will be “enormous”. The group said: “The decision from Argyll and Bute council to remove all 10 school librarians is utterly disgraceful. There will be an enormous impact in schools and it is undoubtedly pupils who will suffer most from this outrageous decision. It is completely unfair that the pupils of Argyll and Bute will now become educationally disadvantaged from their peers elsewhere in Scotland.”..

Elisabeth Ash, trustee of The Library Campaign, told The Bookseller that the decision is “extremely short-sighted”.

She said: “How will school libraries function effectively without librarians to run and stock them? The loss of librarians is likely to mean increased pressure placed on teaching staff to help fill this role, or the use of volunteers which will most likely result in a fragmented offer for students. Self-serve machines cannot offer advice and guidance, which is often the very thing that students using libraries need to succeed in their studies.”…

The 10 librarians will lose their jobs at the beginning of the next financial year…

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