Volume 59, Issue 1

Five Reasons to Love School Libraries and School Librarians

With Read Across America 2023 kicking off March 2-6, here are five good reasons to love our libraries and librarians

Literate students are better prepared for college, career, and life.  Post-secondary institutions, employers, and civic life demand the ability to find, evaluate, use, and create information in multiple formats. School librarians teach all these skills and more.

Students value the school library as a safe space. School librarians provide judgment-free learning spaces, curate resources that nurture student health and well-being, and promote reading for pleasure.

New technology introduced by school librarians elevates student learning and enhances teaching methods. Students learn to safely and constructively navigate tools and resources that deepen inquiry, collaboration, and creation.

Students find resources appropriate to their needs in a school library. School librarians curate diverse collections that provide mirrors, windows, and doors so that students better understand themselves and the world around them.

Students achieve more in schools with libraries and librarians. Students with professionally staffed school libraries have higher reading, writing, and information literacy scores, as well as higher graduation rates. Studies show that Title I students and English language learners recognize even greater academic gains with a certified school librarian.

Source: American Library Association