Gliori in protest over school librarian cuts

Gliori in protest over school librarian cuts

Children's author and illustrator Debi Gliori has joined a protest calling for Argyll and Bute school librarians to be saved.

Argyll and Bute council is considering axing librarians in schools as part of a £9m budget savings plan, local press has reported.

Gliori, alongside Argyll and Bute MSP Mike Russell, has signed a petition asking the council to reconsider.

Gliori told the publication: “I’ve worked with children in libraries in Argyll and Bute over the last 20 years. This is a region of Scotland in desperate need of higher levels of literacy, engagement with books and open access to libraries. To slash budgets for school librarians is to court disaster."

Professional body The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland said: ”The proposal to remove all school librarian posts runs counter to current national initiatives aiming to support and enhance literacy and will inevitably lead to a poorer overall educational experience for pupils. A body of impact studies highlight the contribution of school librarians to improved attainment and achievement.”

A council spokesperson said: “We would like to be able to do everything that our communities want their council to do; reduced funding means that is just not possible.The council has no option but to make choices about what we do and how we do it."

A public consultation on the savings options is open for response until December 31st, with decisions expected at a council meeting in February.

Picture: Scottish Book Trust