"...there is one decision you should never consider making, and that is to get rid of your school librarian or library. School libraries and the certified school librarians who run them are essential, never a luxury. They are vital parts of the school community and, with little fanfare, actively support that community’s growth. The presence of computers and maker spaces can not replace a certified school librarian installed in a library filled with books. Don’t be fooled by the latest edujargon or by some article that you read."
School libraries are, for many students, the first place where there is exposure to books and the joys of reading. Valenza summed up this idea nicely as well. “An antidote to the often narrowed curricula we see in modern school culture, school librarians introduce young people to a rich world of books and literature, options they can select themselves. We lead in building a school’s reading culture, acknowledging whatever containers stories may take.”
“Teacher librarians are often the only professionals in the building who address the development of proud digital citizens and leaders. We teach them to be kind bloggers, tweeters, and networkers, to understand their digital footprints, to build academic digital footprints, and to respect the intellectual property of others when they remix and engage in new forms of communication and storytelling. We move learners from digital citizenship to digital leadership, to participation, ethics and agency.”
“A library is not a library without a librarian, as [librarians] will always be the necessary bond between the space, the tools and resources and the students and teachers accessing them.”