In the United States of America today the nation's families and school children are faced with a national crisis in 47 out of the 50 states with a shortage of school librarians. The United States is the most highly technological advanced nation on the planet earth. Does anyone reading this believe that we can put a man on the moon, and a robot to Mars, but we cannot put librarians in every American public school.
This writer would proffer that the school library undergo a basic essential paradigm shift from the school board authority to the public library board authority. This new legislation once promulgated could once effectuated offer the possibility of staff sharing between the school library and the public library. It could also offer advantages in scales of economy in the purchase of books and library materials for both the public library and the school library, for the purposes of collection development, collection maintenance, as well as staff training. The net result would be substantive savings in tax payer dollars, while at the same time avoiding the unnecessary expense in the duplication of the purchase of books and other library materials.