In the 2013-2014 school year, the superintendent of Duval County Schools Dr. Nikolai Vitti cut 74% of the middle and high school libraries so that 25 of the 29 high schools in the district have no librarian employed at the school. Some schools, such as Sandalwood High, are essentially giving away any library materials to teachers to use at their discretion. The remainder of the materials will be kept offsite in a warehouse so the library can be converted into a testing center. Not only are students at these schools losing access to the physical and technological resources that their libraries once provided, but also the support from qualified Library Media Specialist that have all been fired or converted into teachers. LMS professionals provide essential services to students. They aid students in finding resources for school work and teach research and technology skills. Others have questioned the ethical and economic choices of Dr. Vitti. The main goal of this project is not to change the priorities of the Duval County school system regarding the usefulness of LMS professionals, but rather to try to fill the void left behind after their decision to cut these essential positions.


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