Statement in support of Moray school librarians
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, has spoken in support of efforts to stop the proposed 50% cut to the number of secondary school librarians in Moray. He said:
“While we appreciate that local authorities are operating in a very difficult financial environment with budgets coming under a lot of strain, the role of school librarian is not one that should be allowed to disappear.
Literacy is a gateway to accessing the rest of the curriculum. Many school librarians are the centre of school life, organising and creating ways for children to develop a love of books and inspiring them to build on their own creativity throughout their time in education.
Investing in this area can have a very positive impact across all areas of a pupil’s school life, in turn impacting their future and life opportunities.
As a charity that works closely with schools to encourage all aspects of reading and writing, we know the incredible work school librarians do and are supportive of the Scottish School Library Strategy currently being developed. Last year, the inaugural award in the Learning Professional category at the Scottish Book Trust Awards was made to a school librarian because of the sea-change she created in both the school and the wider community.
We support the need for, and importance of, school librarians whose worth and impact far exceeds the investment made in them.”