OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

May 16, 2011 13:11 ET

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation Supports Libraries in Public Schools

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) strongly condemns the actions of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board as they lay off library technicians and begin to close the libraries within its schools.

"The report of a school board dismantling its school libraries is not only troubling, it is simply unacceptable," said Ken Coran, president of OSSTF/FEESO. "This is a short-sighted action that shows a lack of understanding of how school libraries contribute to student learning and success."

People For Education released its report "School Libraries and Information Literacy" today and it contains research results clearly outlining the importance of school libraries, as well as the decline of such libraries in Ontario's public elementary and secondary schools.

"It is clear from the report by People for Education that school libraries, when staffed with trained professionals, lead to greater student achievement," said Coran, "and with teacher-librarians and library- technicians taking on a greater role with information technology, the support of these positions is even more important."

The report released by People For Education makes two recommendations. It recommends that the province support a leadership role for teacher-librarians to work with classroom teachers to develop information literacy programs. It also recommends that the province ensure all teachers receive appropriate information technology education.

OSSTF/FEESO approves both recommendations and urges the province to reverse the trend of declining support for libraries in public schools.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867