The number of school librarian positions are declining across the nation. In order to gain insight into this trend on a local level, two directors of school librarian preparation programs in Minnesota analyzed survey results of 251 Minnesota school leaders to determine what factors impact a principal’s decision to eliminate the position in their school. In examining the results of this mixed-methods study, only 42% reported their intention to replace their school librarian with another school librarian when the position becomes vacant. Others reported that they will fill the position with a paraprofessional (25%), or to hire a technology integration specialist (12%).
Hill, Jennifer and Prestebak, Jane, "Will Minnesota Principals Continue to Hire School Librarians?" (2022). Teacher Development Faculty Publications. 8.