I was particularly interested in Marc Lambert’s comment (Platform, 19 November) that “there is now an incontrovertible mass of international evidence which demonstrates a simple fact: children who enjoy a rich diet of reading are more likely to be successful educationally, socially and economically. And this is true irrespective of social background.”
The school library is the obvious resource for such a diet. Yet the Scottish School Library Service, once at the forefront of its field, has, at least in my own area, been decimated.
Professional librarians are not being replaced and/or posts are being offered on a part-time basis – if at all.
To quote Harold Howe, a former US commissioner of education: “What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education.”
Scotland on Sunday has campaigned successfully for music in schools – time, now, for The Scotsman to focus on libraries?