American schools—particularly those serving black and Latino students—have seen a precipitous drop in their school librarians since the Great Recession. Public school districts have lost 20% of their librarians since 2000, from more than 54,000 to less than 44,000 in 2015. Many districts lost librarians even as student populations grew by 7% nationwide. For example,in Denver public schools, student enrollment increased by 25%, but the number of librarians decreased by 60%.
Education Week, May 16