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Ewbank, A. (2010). Why did a U.S. secondary school district retain teacher-librarians in a time of economic crisis? A case study

Abstract: The number of U.S. teacher-librarians has greatly diminished despite advocacy efforts by stakeholders. This case study investigated the factors that led governing board members in a mid-sized urban high school district to retain certified teacher-librarian positions despite a major economic crisis. Themes constructed through the analysis were: stakeholder involvement; transparency in communication; trust between district leadership and the governing board; a commitment to the district’s core values; and the value placed on the school library program by the district’s stakeholders. Future research should investigate school districts’ decision-making processes in the retention of teacher-librarian positions during economic crises.

Subject categories: 16, 17, 21

Abstract Submitted by Angela Austin, Florida State University

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