Even though the primary purpose of the school librarian continues to be access to information, the new mix of mobile technology, personalized learning, and expanded learning spaces makes providing access more complicated, necessary, and exciting than ever before. The school librarian of the future will be the learning alchemist in the school, directly involved in transforming the physical and virtual spaces for learning in the school, leading shifts in technology and media-enhanced learning, and building robust partnerships with community anchors.
My presidential initiative, entitled Libraries Change Lives, will focus on increasing public understanding of the value of libraries, especially in the realms of literacy, innovation, and community engagement. Now is the time for us to build the public will for libraries of all types.
As part of this effort, we have planned a campaign called America’s Right to Libraries and developed a Declaration for the Right to Libraries (attached) to serve as a strong public statement of the value of libraries for individuals, communities, and our nation. Through this initiative, libraries of all types will have the opportunity in the next year to hold signing ceremonies where community members, organizations, and officials can visibly sign and stand up for their right to have vibrant school, public, academic, and special libraries in their community.
All students have a right to school libraries if our educational system is provide an equal opportunity to each of them - and we should be raising some awareness about school libraries as well. So here’s Doug Johnson's riff on Barbara Striplings Declaration of the RIght to Libraries.
The main job I do is not about books, or research or inquiry. The job I do is about people, it is about helping people. It is about making a connection with people so they trust me enough to enable me to help them. My job is to make sure I am interrupted all day by people who need my skills, my expertise, my problem solving, my suggestions, my conversation, my smile and sometimes my hugs.
Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever. Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use, create, share, and synthesize information. These skills are easily grouped into the following categories: curation, citizenship/compassion, creation, connections, and common core.
School librarians have the resources, training and knowledge to help us make those meaningful connections between the Common Core Standards and our students’ interests and lives. Here’s why you need your school librarian now more than ever.
We now know that libraries are utilized, that they contribute powerfully to literacy development,
and have the potential of closing the gap between children from high and low-income families in reading achievement. Yet library funding is declining, and the situation is the most serious in high-poverty areas. Library funding should be expanded, not cut. Democratic societies need libraries.21
Now, is when the world needs librarians the most! With SO much information out there who else better than a librarian to decode it, curate it, interpret it, organize it, authenticate it, and integrate it?
Students do not instinctively know how to navigate the abundance of information available to them through traditional and digital resources. Well-funded school libraries, staffed by certified school library media specialists, are transforming into digital learning centers that equip students with the skills they need to succeed.
Author Brad Meltzer talke about School Librarians: In our schools today, there are many Mrs. Spicers, teachers who work away from the spotlight, going about the business of inspiring their students to aspire to greatness. This is especially true of our school librarians.
Infographic: Studies conducted over the past two decades, both in Colorado and nationwide, show that students in schools with endorsed librarians score better on standardized achievement tests in reading, compared with students in schools without endorsed librarians.
School Library Journal: Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarian
Question answered by Diane Ravitch, a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
This is actually a hard question, some people might answer that they don’t think its changed, the role remains the same. I would argue that those people have libraries that have not adapted and changed with the world we live in.
Even just in terms of available information, the library of today is a very different place from the library of 50 years ago. Knowledge has developed and life has become more complex, and the subject matter in the books available for checkout has changed to reflect the times. In other words, libraries have always stayed current by updating their inventory of reading materials.
We know about the 10 kinds of people. (You know, those who can read binary and those who can’t.) This is PC Speak: An Abney and Associates Internet and Technology Research Lab - Technology related to every day life!
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