School Library Staffing in Oregon: Current and Historical
As of the 2021-22 school year, there are 158 FTE licensed school librarians (compared to 147 in 2020-21) and 680 FTE library support staff (compared to 668 in 2020-21) in Oregon's 1274 public schools that serve a total of 553,012 students. That is a drop from 818 FTE licensed school librarians during the 1980-81 school year, when the State Library started tracking the information. This document
contains three charts that show the history of school library staffing from 1980-81 through 2018-19. (The document will be updated in February 2023.) Data is from staff at the Oregon Department of Education and from their publications, Oregon Statewide Report Card
(p. 13 for 2021-22) and Oregon School Directory
("Facts" section at end). For a snapshot of the number of licensed librarians that individual districts employ, view the Oregon Department of Education's At-A-Glance District Profiles
and the Current Staffing section below. The latter includes information about library support staff as well.
Quality Education Model Staffing & Materials Expenditures Levels
The 2022 Quality Education Model (QEM) report
includes the following library staffing best practices per prototype school (pgs. 7, 10). Materials expenditure levels for books and periodicals, both print and electronic formats, are based on the Quality Education Commission (QEC) 2022 cost model from the Oregon Department of Education. The current service level (CSL) amount is based on actual spending in the prior biennium with an adjustment for inflation and enrollment growth, and the fully-implemented amount is based on adopting the best practices recommended in the Quality Education Model report.
CSL / Base
|Elementary School||1 FTE||1 FTE||$18 per student||$28 per student|
|Middle School||1 FTE||1 FTE||$20 per student||$34 per student|
|High School||1 FTE||1 FTE||$23 per student||$40 per student|