Carol Heinsdorf, President of the Association of Philadelphia School Librarians, will be testifying to the School Reform Commission next Wednesday, making the case for library programming to be managed by certified librarians in new and existing Promise Academies.
Heinsdorf and other supporters have been working on the project since last August, and have been rallying the troops to get involved in pushing the district to hire more certified librarians.
Supt. Arlene Ackerman's "Imagine 2014" plan lists "libraries in all high schools" as a contributing factor to student success, Heinsdorf said. However, she added there are currently only 65 certified librarians in the entire 257-school district. Thirty-one high schools have certified librarians, while thirty do not.
Of the 15 current and slated Promise Academies, only five have certified school librarians, she said. They are: Potter-Thomas, Clemente Middle School, Germantown High, South Philadelphia High and University City High. Those without are: Alcorn, Pennell, Smith, W.D. Kelley, Ethel Allen, Dunbar, FitzSimons High, Sayre High, West Philadelphia High and Vaux High.