In Defense of LibrariesByPeggy SiegelThis report is a response to the principals of the district who are considering cutting our program.In a dissertation titled “Haves, Halves andHave-Nots: School libraries and studentachievement in California.” DouglasAchterman states, “At a time whenachievement on standardized tests is sostrongly weighted in assessing the overallsuccess of schools, investment in a robustschool library program should be a primarygoal.
Library media teachers play an essential role in professional learning communities. They ensure that students and staff are efficientand effective users of ideas and information. Their collaboration with teachers,administrators and staffprepare students for future success.
The Role and Traits of an Effective LibrarianOne of the basic traits a librarian should have is that they must love helping people. Othertraits that enable them to functionin a library environment are to be inquisitive, detail oriented, social and cooperative.The role of the school librarian is to empower students to become critical thinkers,enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, andethical users of information and to maximizethe efficiency and effectiveness of the school library program.
A Librarian Meets the Needs of All StudentsThe librarian meets the needs of all students by implementing a Universal Design for Learning which all students are able to access, participate in, and progress in the general-education curriculum by reducing barriers to instruction.The school librarian empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillfulresearchers, and ethical users of information.
A Librarian Helps Students Make Use of TechnologyAs information specialist, the school librarian provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats.The librarian engages with all the students and teachers, teaching them how to locate, evaluate, and exchange the information held within the various types of resources and technology available.
A Librarian Makes a Library into a Learning Center that Welcomes all Students The librarian encourages the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community. The librarianturns the library into an active learning center within our school and by engaging our students, molding them into independent, lifelong learners.
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