School library stock 'increasingly dated', warn professionals

School library stock 'increasingly dated', warn professionals

School librarians are unable to buy the range of books they want due to budget cuts, meaning children are not getting access to non-fiction and diverse titles, library professionals have told The Bookseller.

Barbara Band, chair of the School Library Association (SLA) Central & East Berkshire branch and a former president of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), said school librarians are "desperate" for books. "We recommend [stocking] 10 books per pupil up to Year 11 but very few schools have that sort of money, so they look elsewhere for books. Parents ...

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