" "It feels [like] CPS [Chicago Public Schools] has set us up into a situation where we have to decide which finger we don’t want," he says. "
She says with so many librarians being transferred to the classroom something bigger is being lost. In the library, they teach kids how to do research, how to find and evaluate information, which she says is even more important in the digital age.
"Kids don’t just know how to do that. It’s not a skill that they develop just because they have an iPhone or because they have a computer at home, which many of our students don’t have," she says.
Cusick and her colleagues don’t want to see librarians added at the expense of other positions, like art teachers and physical education teachers. But they also don’t want to see school libraries just become places where books are stored and meetings are held.