Monday, January 18, 2010

50th Anniversary Bookmark Issue In The Mail!

The special 50th anniversary print edition of The Bookmark is in the mail! The issue, which includes contributions from our Chapters from across B.C. as well as reflections on how teacher-librarianship in the province has evolved over the last 50 years, should arrive in the mailboxes of current BCTLA members and subscribers any day now. Thank you to Angie MacRitchie and Al Smith for all of their hard work in assembling the issue. Thank you also to all of the past staff of The Bookmark for 50 incredible years!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Startling Change in BC School Library Staffing

In addition to the recent 2008-09 Working and Learning Conditions report, the BCTF Research Department has examined and reported on Library Services staffing statistics between 2007-08 and 2009-10.

The new one-page report, "Change in Library Services FTE Employees by Category Between 2007-08 and 2009-10" suggests that according to the BC Ministry of Education's revenue and expenditures data:
  • "There has been a significant loss of FTE employees in the Library Services program between 2007–08 and 2009–10, with a total of 84.684 FTE positions eliminated.
  • More than half of the positions eliminated were for teacher-librarians. There are 51.931 fewer FTE teacher-librarians in 2009–10 compared to two years ago.
  • Library Services also experienced a significant loss of Library Assistants who provide technical and library support. Almost one-third of these positions were eliminated since 2007–08, resulting in a loss of 30.422 FTE Library Assistants.
  • The data also suggests there is a decline in the tendency to use administrative staff to perform teacher-librarian duties. The number of principals or vice-principals providing library services declined by 4.889 positions over the two-year period.
  • Other professionals who provide professional expertise to school libraries make up a small proportion of Library Services staff. The majority of these FTE positions (70%) have been eliminated since 2007–08, leaving only 1.15 FTE positions province-wide in 2009–10.

This comparison may underestimate the overall loss of Library Services positions."