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Over the past years there have made cut backs and stripped away at the National Health System, of primary concern to us, is the cutback in funding in the mental health area. We need to get the government to stop these cutbacks and increase funding to the mental health system.
While some people suffering from depression are fortunate enough to have a doctor who prescribes medication and write referrals, mental health is a specialized area. The waiting list for seeing specialists can take weeks or even months, even then, just a few consultations are given.
Some people suffering from depression are fortunate enough to live in an area where organizations such as MIND can offer assistance with a support worker, who can be very helpful in guidance and support, even just a friendly ear to listen to the problems you are having to live with through difficult times, or they could arrange group or one on one therapy in a wide variety of topics.
Unfortunately, not only are services from such organizations are in great demand, they do not have offices in all areas, also they have a limited number of qualified staff, which means there can be a waiting list to see a counsellor.
To: Portland Public School Board Members and Portland Public Schools Superintendent
The Oregon Library Association (OLA), the Portland Area Information Literacy Group (P.A.I.L.), and the undersigned Oregon librarians and library media specialists want to express support for libraries, teacher-librarians and library media specialists in all of Portland Public School libraries. The OLA is a statewide association of over 1,000 members composed of academic, public, and special librarians from across Oregon. P.A.I.L. is a group of Portland area librarians from public, school, college and university libraries in the Portland area. We advocate for Information Literacy for all of our library users and students.
P.A.I.L. has met over the last three years and found from the very first conversation that we had a common concern: “Students seeking a post-secondary education lacked the requisite knowledge to do high quality research using the multitude of resources available in today’s modern library.” From our discussions we discovered that support for professional teacher-librarians and library media specialist (LMS) in Portland Public Schools had been waning over the years. It was a stunning epiphany for all, especially the college librarians.
We write to you in support of staffing your school libraries with professional librarians and support staff, providing equal and equitable access to both a qualified librarian and a professionally developed library collection. The role of administering a library program and library media center also involves someone who is an expert in curriculum and provides high quality resources teachers and students need. Research has consistently shown that school librarians and strong libraries correlate strongly with student success and retention. They also prepare students to succeed in post-secondary schooling and to become critical thinkers and well-informed citizens.
We understand that you recently created a new position in the district, one that can help to renew the role of librarians and school libraries across your district, and we applaud your acknowledgement to address this need. We wish to encourage your continuous efforts to bring Portland Public School libraries into the 21st century, and to become the leader for school libraries in Oregon.
Coordinator of the Portland Area Information Literacy Group
Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian, Portland State University
Oregon Library Association. President
Associate Professor, Education and Social Science Librarian, Portland State University
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