Librarian Cuts - It's that Time of Year Unfortunately!

Sadly, it is in April and May that I begin to get emails for panicked school librarians that staffing cuts have just been announced that will decimate school library programs for students and staff. Most librarian who contact me are completely surprised at the totally unexpected cuts and are so flummoxed that they have no idea what to do in response to the announcement. After having written so many emails on this situation, I am curating the best advice and sources here.

BEST ARTICLE (from a school librarian who fought this battle and won):

Fighting Cuts: How To Keep Librarians in Schools.”, April 3, 2018. Advice form Elissa Malespina, a teacher librarian at Somerville (NJ) Middle School and president of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Librarians Network. 

Read the article and/or watch the 45-minute webinar at


Lance, K. C., & Kachel, D. E.  (2018). Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us. Phi Delta Kappan, 99 (7) 15-20.


Kachel, D. E. (2018). The school board presentation. Teacher Librarian, 45(3), 56-58.

Kachel, D. E. (2017). The principal and the librarian: Positioning the school library program. Teacher Librarian, 45(1), 50-52.

Kachel, D. E. (2017). Communicate your unique contribution. Teacher Librarian,44(4), 46-48.

Kachel, D. E. (2016). Collaboration in advocacy: Advocacy is not a solo sport!Teacher Librarian,43(6), 46-48. (Coalition of Library Colleagues and Library Advisory Council)

Kachel, D. E. (2016). School library champions. Teacher Librarian, 43(4), 55-57.

Kachel, D. E. (2016). Growing your roots of influence. Teacher Librarian, 43(3), 53-55.

Kachel, D. E. (2015). Using research in talking points and elevator speeches. Teacher Librarian,43(1), 36-40.

Kachel, D. E.(2014, December/2015, January). Reactive strategies for maintaining school library programs, part 2.School Library Monthly, 31(3), 29-31.

Kachel, D. E.(2014). Proactive strategies for maintaining school library programs, part 1.School Library Monthly, 31(2), 29-31.

Kachel, D. E. (2014). Developing talking points and more. School Library Monthly,30(6), 26-28.

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