Why Care About School Libraries?
SCHOOL LIBRARIES ARE CRITICAL FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Across the United States, research has shown that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized test scores than their peers in schools without libraries. Studies have shown clear evidence of this connection between student achievement and the presence of school libraries with qualified school library media specialists.
SCHOOL LIBRARIES HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN TEACHING
Today’s library media specialists are important instructional partners or consultants in supporting and expanding existing curriculum. These specialists are working with teachers to change what is possible in the classroom and support exciting learning opportunities with books, computer resources, and more.
SCHOOL LIBRARIES ARE LEADING THE WAY FOR TECHNOLOGY USE IN SCHOOLS
No longer are school libraries just for books, they have become “school library media centers” with computer resources that enable children to engage meaningfully with a wide variety of information. These centers with trained staff support the use of electronic information resources not just in the center, but help to integrate these resources in classrooms and throughout the curriculum.