You must read The Library is Not a Fruit blog by Nora Murphy. Thanks to Julie Walker I was able to read the blog by one of the librarians under attack, who was RIF’d and has to defend her being a teacher-librarian to people who don’t understand that she is a teacher.
Not only are these tight times for finding and keeping library positions, librarians are having to justify whether they are teachers in LA. The news article (below) on the interrogation of librarians in a basement was shared widely on ALA Council listserv.
LA Times Article: “The disgraceful interrogation of L.A. school librarians” http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0513-tobar-20110513,0,3002882.column
In these times it is understandable why librarians are clinging to their jobs and not wanting to make waves. Unfortunately, I believe that the principles of Intellectual Freedom are more important and that book banning is wrong. I have been fighting this battle all year with the result that I am being sent to be a sixth grade reading, language arts, and social studies teacher next year at my building and told I will not be the librarian at that building.
You can be sure that I will have much more to say about this in the future. For now, be aware that if you are under attack, you are not alone.