School librarians in transition, pushed by cuts and pulled by technology

Fingers walking up pile of books *Gone are the days of the librarian in glasses, shhh-ing noisy students while stamping a catalogue of books.In some schools, librarians have morphed into iPad-wielding tech whizzes, who preside over lively “Learning Commons.” And in others, the days of the school librarian are just … gone.
New Bedford, which is facing roughly 200 staff cuts for the next fiscal year, will let go three middle school librarians. At Old Rochester Regional Junior High, the librarian is shifting to a part-time position.Fairhaven is also eliminating the job at the middle and high schools, while hiring technology specialists instead.”We are kind of in a state of flux now,” said Kathy Lowe, executive director of the Massachusetts School Library Association. “The role has changed, but you still need that person that knows the curriculum, who knows the students, who knows the resources.”
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