As president of the American Association of School Librarians, Nancy Everhart has embarked on a national tour to celebrate outstanding school libraries. Everhart singled out Utterback Middle School for its exemplary library in a ceremony on April 14.
It was a bittersweet event for Jerrilyn Blackman, who has served as the school's librarian for 11 years. She had recently found out that her job will be eliminated next year.
Both Everhart and Blackman join Arizona Illustrated to discuss the impact of recent education spending cuts on school libraries across the state. Everhart says Arizona is among the worst in staffing libraries, but it's not a trend she sees nationally. Both agree that students need the services of school librarians now more than ever to help traverse an increasingly complicated information highway.