School Library Staffing in Oregon: Current and Historical
As of the 2020-21 school year, there are 147 FTE licensed school librarians and 668 FTE library support staff in Oregon's 1256 public schools that serve a total of 560,917 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. Data is from staff at the Oregon Department of Education and from their publications, Oregon Statewide Report Card
(p. 13 for 2020-21) 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) 2020 cost model from the Oregon Department of Education. (The 2022 cost model should be available by December 2022.) 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.
- Elementary School: 1 FTE licensed librarian and 1 FTE support staff; $18 (base/CSL) or $28 (full) per student
- Middle School: 1 FTE licensed librarian and 1 FTE support staff; $20 (base/CSL) or $34 (full) per student
- High School: 1 FTE licensed librarian and 1 FTE support staff; $23 (base/CSL) or $40 (full) per student