PSLA Staffing Reports
PA School Library Staffing Surveys
The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association has conducted a survey the past three school years to gather data on school library staffing to update the "snapshot" data collected for a Pennsylvania State Board of Education report conducted in Spring 2011. Over the three years, Pennsylvania schools have lost 15% of its school librarians. PSLA continues to annually collect data on professional school librarian staffing showing the following results.
- 76 school librarian positions lost in 2013-14, a 4% decrease from the previous year
- 120 positions or 6% decrease in professional staffing in 2012-2013 from 2011-12
- 95.25 positions or 5% decrease in professional staffing in 2011-2012
- The staffing reductions efffect all grade levels and all geographic regions.
- Although more prevalent in poorer communities, even wealthy schools have reduced school librarian positions.
Pennsylvania School Librarians Assn. (PSLA)
Links to PA Dept. of Education
Project Funded by IMLS
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Pennsylvania House Education Committee Hearing on School Library Funding
On August 22, 2012, the PA House Education Committee held a Hearing on School Library Funding. The Pa. School Librarians Assn. requested the hearing in order to share the findings of the 2011 PA State Board of Education's study called the Pennsylvania School Library Study. The snapshot of the state's public school library programs examined staffing, funding, collections, library access hours, and instruction. Testimonies of those who testified that day or submitted written testimonies are linked here as well as a video of a few of the testifers who commented after the Hearing shown below.
The Pennsylvania PTA Resolution Supporting School Libraries
Pennsylvania- "A Typical Day in the School Library"
YouTube video created by Mary Schwander, high School librarian, New Hope-Solebury School District, New Hope, PA, with assistance from Karen Hornberger, high school librarian, Palisades School District, Kintnersville, PA. This video was played prior to the beginning of the PA House Education Committee Hearing on School Library Funding, August 22, 2012.
Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs c2011
Developed in the Summer of 2010 by a group of Pennsylvania school library leaders and staff from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, these guidelines outline the role of the school library and librarian in teaching and learning, collaboration, management and leadership desired for all students and school in the state. This publication was supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pa. Dept. of Education. The document is also located in WebJunction.
Previous PA Statewide Study, 1999-2000
Measuring Up to Standards reports the findings from the 1999-2000 Keith Curry Lance study which found that Pennsylvania school library programs can make a difference supporting the efforts of schools to measure up to standards. Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) reading scores increase with increases in the following characteristics of school library programs: staffing, information technology, and integration of information literacy into the curriculum. In addition, as library staffing, information resources and information technology rise, so too does the involvement of school librarians in teaching students and teachers how to find and assess information. The relationship between staffing and test scores is not explained away by other school or community conditions. For the full 101 page document, click here.
This publication was supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administeered by Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pa. Dept. of Education.
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New Teacher Evaluation System Coming to PA
PSLA's Professional Standards Committee has created a “Tip Sheet” to assist school librarians as they familiarize themselves with the new Danielson Framework under which they will be evaluated. Using both the framework for teachers and the examples specific to librarians, the tip sheet endeavors to provide guiding reflection questions to determine whether or not you are demonstrating specific qualities or actions that reflect a domain objective. Additionally, it provides librarians with a few examples of evidence to present to an administrator during a post observation meeting that highlights those domain requirements. PSLA hopes that this document will simplify the entire rubric for librarians and make the four domains more clear as they relate to the role of the school librarian.