by Jas Faulkner
Theresa* is a middle school librarian in Tennessee.** When budget cutbacks hit her county, she didn’t mind taking on the additional hat of media specialist. Doing so meant that she wouldn’t have to do circuit administration, meaning that she would be responsible for only one school. She understood that all of that was part of working in public education. And like many educators, she found that in the past five years, her job has turned into a constant battle and it has nothing to do with scrabbling for her share of the shrinking budget. Her biggest opponent is not student apathy or parental antipathy, but the ubiquity of handheld gadgets.