Campaigners hit out at move to axe school librarians

Ten secondary school librarian posts will be abolished under Argyll and Bute Council's 2016-17 spending plans.
Ten secondary school librarian posts will be abolished under Argyll and Bute Council's 2016-17 spending plans.

Argyll and Bute Council’s decision to remove all ten of its secondary school librarians as part of its budget cuts has been slammed by campaigners.

The move formed part of the 2016-17 spending plans approved by councillors on February 11.

A spokesperson for the Save Scotland’s Libraries campaign group said the decision was “utterly disgraceful”, and added: “There will be an enormous impact in schools and it is undoubtedly pupils who will suffer most from this outrageous decision. It is completely unfair that the pupils of Argyll and Bute will now become educationally disadvantaged from their peers elsewhere in Scotland.”

TheBookseller.com reported Elisabeth Ash from the Library Campaign as saying: “How will school libraries function effectively without librarians to run and stock them?

“The loss of librarians is likely to mean increased pressure placed on teaching staff to help fill this role, or the use of volunteers which will most likely result in a fragmented offer for students.

“Self-serve machines cannot offer advice and guidance, which is often the very thing that students using libraries need to succeed in their studies.”

The move has already been criticised by Bute councillor Isobel Strong, who told The Buteman she felt the decision was at odds with a key aim of the council.